News from our estate
EISWEIN AND VINTAGE 2016
So far we can say the 2016 vintage is very promising. The healthy and ripe grapes we harvested are awaiting their completion in our cellar facilities. We are very satisfied with the quality. The varietal Silvaner is the great gainer of the climate change and again stands out this year. Furthermore, we were able to harvest an Eiswein this season. Due to the milder winters, this opportunity has become very seldom. The grapes have to be fully frozen and picked at a temperature of at least -7°C. Luckily we took the risk and are very delighted to have this rare delicacy.
BAVARIAN STATE AWARD OF HONOUR 2016
The Bavarian Minister for Agriculture, Helmut Brunner, has honoured our wine estate with the Bavarian State Award of Honour 2016, the most renowned Bavarian wine award. We received this award for the quality of our wines from the 2015 vintage. We feel very delighted, because our complete wine range formed the basis of consideration. >> See a picture of the conferment of the State Award of Honour here.
GRAND CRUS FROM 2015 VINTAGE
Time... We have decided to give our Grand Crus more time! For Grand Crus, especially those grown on gypsum soil, have a special complexity which unfolds very slowly in the bottle. But then when drunk a real pleasure for many years. Granting this additional time means our Grand Crus from the 2015 vintage will first be presented in fall of 2017.
We are especially delighted about the award "German Winery of the year 2017", which we received from the German magazine "selection" (issue 04/2016). >> see the award here.
At the tasting " the 750 best German Wines" (magazine "Der Feinschmecker" 12/2016, p. 20) our 2015 Iphöfer Silvaner Kabinett dry reached 1st place (category "Franken - 2015 Silvaner Kabinett dry"). The 2015 Iphöfer Weißburgunder Kabinett dry reached the 2nd place (category "Franken - 2015 Weißburgunder Kabinett dry").
Two of our wines were awarded the prize "Prix de Vin 2016": 2015 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Silvaner Alte Reben trocken and 2013 Iphöfer Spätburgunder "S" trocken.
The new Falstaff wine guide 2017 (p. 185) our wines performed very well: The 2014 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Riesling Großes Gewächs dry achieved 92 points. So did the 2014 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Großes Gewächs (unfortunatelly this wine is already sold out). The following wines reached 91 points: 2015 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg VDP.Erste Lage Silvaner trocken, 2015 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Riesling Alte Reben dry and 2015 Iphöfer Kalb VDP.Erste Lage Silvaner dry.
>> Please find further reviews here: press
Dry Silvaner, Scheurebe and Riesling wines have been our family's specialty for generations! The original winery of our estate is located in the village of Iphofen, Franconia's 'historic treasure box'. It is the Gypsum Keuper soil that characterizes the terroir of our Premier Vineyard Sites, of which the Julius-Echter-Berg is the most famous. There, we carefully cultivate our vines, harvest our perfect, fully ripen grapes and then lovingly guide our young wines to emerge as distinctively unique wines that will enrich your life.
Yours, The Wirsching Family