Philosophy

Together with nature, rather than against it, assisted by lots of precise work by hand in the vineyards, then plenty of time to mature in cellar. All this makes our dry Rieslings racy, spicy and mineral, each of them a unique individual.

Our philosophy grows out of our unique history, the roots of which go back to our foundation in 1902 and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to this tradition. For this reason, we reject the use of any techniques that would diminish the originality of our wines. 

IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR GROWING RIESLING ON THE NAHE

On the Nahe nature gives us ideal climatic and geological conditions for harvesting perfectly ripe Riesling grapes. The stony, mostly volcanic soils, in our vineyards give our wines a pronounced raciness, spice and minerality: all qualities of fundamental importance to us.

7 TERROIRS – MANY FACETS OF RIESLING

100% of our 30 hectares of vineyards are classified by the VDP as VDP.GROSSE LAGE or “Grand Cru”. They are planted almost exclusively with Riesling, but none of the wines from them tastes only of Riesling. Instead, each of our dry GG / “Grand Cru” wines (we have holdings in 7 different terroirs!), each of our village wines and our vineyard cuvées has its own distinctive aroma and flavor profile.

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IN THE CELLAR PEACE AND QUIET FOR MATURATION

In our deep, cool cellar we only do to the wines what is absolutely essential for their stabilization and clarification. There, time is the most important winemaking tool. All the wines from our own vineyards mature for between six months and six years in our cellars, depending on how much time each requires for its great beauty to unfold.  

WE DARE TO BE DIFFERENT, BUT ARE NEVER DOGMATIC

In a standardized world where uniformity reigns we dare to be very different, and for this reason our fans around the globe have all fallen in love with our wines! However, we’re also pragmatic and down to earth. “Dogma isn’t our thing!” is one of the favourite sayings of our winemaker Karsten Peter. He strives to make wines of complete individuality.