Cement tanks with enamel coating were once very common, but went out of fashion in favour of steel and plastic composite tanks.
They're still widely found in traditional cellars in Beaujolais and Switzerland but until recently people did not put them in new cellars.
They are coming back in fashion for their thermal insulator effect, for "low intervention" winemaking.
As a half-Swiss I know what distinctive, quality wines Switzerland can produce. Until now, the problem has been locating them in the UK, since the demise of the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square many years ago. Keep them coming!
PS: I would like to see, and taste a pinot noir or two from the Germanic region - very distinctive from Burgundy, but more importantly from the lighter, thinner Germanic pinot.
It was the first time I have ordered from Alpine Wines and I just wanted to say that I found the unexpected follow-up call a very nice touch. I am also pleased to report that it was the winning wine for our Austrian evening at our very informal wine club!