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”Native wine - origin is what counts”

Wine is emotional, vibrant, and captivating. Particularly, when it reflects its origin. Our wine is a "native wine." It stands for everything that defines our vineyards in the Rheingau. It stands for what we are - the fifth generation of Rheingau wine-growers.

Native wine cannot be contrived; it is conceived - by nature. As such, sustainable and ecologically sound vineyard management is absolutely essential. Our path is unfailing. Never dogmatic, but always steady. Our goal is to see that all of our operations are part of a harmonious cycle. We want to return to nature everything we reap from nature. We don't draw up plans; we have ideas. If an idea can't be realized, then we look for an alternative. We discuss things; we weigh the pros and cons; we discard the impracticable; and then, we get on with it.

Native wine is not just any product. A native wine is always a unique specimen, never the same, and influenced by different factors every year. Yet, it retains an underlying, identifiable profile, regardless of whether it is vinified in a dry or sweet style. Ultimately, though, Mother Nature has the upper hand - not man. Our task to preserve the quality of the grapes. As such, our intervention in the cellar is as minimal as possible. We seek to preserve, not alter. Fundamentally, we must work as gently as possible. The way we process our grapes definitely influences the finished wine...stress begets stress, from grape to wine.

Native wine is a "slow wine." It needs time to develop, to discover its personality.This is a process that begins on the vine, with a long time to ripen. As long as it takes for the grapes to reach the perfection of taste. Grape must (juice) needs time to ferment. Particularly, when it is fermented as naturally as possible. Sometimes, this takes one month; sometimes, two; sometimes, it can take up to a year until the must has completely fermented into a dry wine. Young wines also need time. Longer time on the lees enhances a wine's potential to mature, develop power, and age well. It all takes time...

Our goal is a simple one. We want to produce authentic Rheingau wines. Riesling is our grape variety with the ability to reflect its origin and thus, the authenticity of our wines.

Next event
09. September 2018
Weinlese der Rebstockpächter in Keitum auf Sylt 2018
Exklusives Event - Fünfte Weinlese im nördlichsten Weinort Deutschlands - Keitum auf Sylt!

16. September 2018
„Wandern & Geniessen“
Offene Weinwanderung 16.09.2018

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Latest media mentions
07. June 2018
Best of 2018-6

24. May 2018
Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)
Silber & Bronze Medaille

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Latest news
10. July 2018
Newsletter July 2018

24. November 2017
News November 2017
The 2017 harvest is complete and it is one of the smallest in the history of our winery.

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