For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that…
How long have you lived here? What brought you to Ibiza and why?
I used to come here with my parents from Germany for our annual summer break from the age of thirteen and fell in love with the island immediately. We’ve come back every year since and I knew this was where I wanted to be. I have been living here full-time for the last five years.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
This will be my 21st season running the legendary Cocoon parties, so my work peaks in the summer season. It’s still a year-round job and everything needs to be planned and prepared well in advance. The seasons seem to blend into the next. Since 2019, I have also been working with the Swiss artist and entrepreneur Dieter Meier and his wine project in the north of the island- OJO de Ibiza. We are in our fifth year of an extremely limited and exclusive production. It’s an outstanding, smooth red wine and I feel extremely fortunate to be involved in the process. This year we are focusing on distributing the wine amongst Ibiza’s finest restaurants and individuals with beautiful wine cellars, so it’s very exciting.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
Apart from having an outstanding red wine grown, harvested and produced here in Ibiza, I have seen a real commitment from native islanders and visitors that promote Ibiza’s natural produce and methods on sustainability. It’s a beautiful island and we need to work together to protect it.
What are your plans for the next five years?
Our wine production is relatively small at the moment, only 4,000 bottles per year, but we’ve just found more land to produce OJO in Ibiza and we hope to produce a rosé within the next two years. As we all know, good wine just gets better and better with age so the wine we present now will be even better in five years! I hope that the island can still be place for everyone.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
My beautiful wife Sarah and I have a strong connection with Ibiza’s sister island Formentera, and we escape there as much as we can to re-charge and re-connect with nature. The summer season can be a crazy time for both of us so it’s important to step back and appreciate what’s on our doorstep. The winter is our favourite time here on the island but when possible, we run to the hills, the Alps in fact, along with a post-season escape to Thailand or Costa Rica.
Top 3 Clubs
Underground, Benimussa Park and Amnesia.
Top 3 Restaurants
Can Balafia, Cipriani and Ses Bouques.
Top 3 Beaches
Cala Xuclar in Ibiza and some secret bays in Formentera.