“Silvaner – the Franconian, Riesling – the finest German grape variety, Scheurebe – the fruity speciality, Burgundy – the future.”
Silvaner: the franconian classic
In our region, Silvaner is the most important grape variety, accounting for 40 % of the area. It is always Franconian dry, i.e. without any tangible sweetness (the only exception: Auslesen and Beerenauslesen). With Silvaner, you can feel the rock on which it was grown. That is why it used to be called “earthy”.
On the nose it is reserved, but on the tongue it unfolds its full power. Acidity does not play a major role, it has something salty, herbal, sometimes a little flint and pepper in the aroma and as fruit – depending on maturity and class – some pear or melon. Silvaner is the ideal wine to accompany food, especially where the food is prepared as gently and naturally as possible, e.g. with fish and vegetables.
The king of German white wines, plays an important role in our winery with 20% of the area. It is a noble grape variety with fine fruit aromas and great elegance. In Franconia, Riesling is only found on the best areas and accounts for little more than 5% in total. With our Rieslings we belong to Germany’s top ranks and win many national and international prizes. Due to our soil, the Gipskeuper, it is milder in acidity and lives from the minerality of this rock.
Scheurebe is a speciality whose aroma reminds some people of a Sauvignon Blanc. But it is much fruitier, although in our house it is dry. As a cross between Riesling and Bukettrebe, its aroma is sometimes reminiscent of blackcurrant or pink grapefruit or lychee. This makes it a wonderful match for Asian cuisine or dishes with a fresh and fruity character. And because it is so important to us, we do not have Sauvignon Blanc.
Today we have the climate that Burgundy had 40 years ago, and our soil is also rich in lime and low in acidity. That’s why we are growing more and more varieties that also thrive there: White Burgundy (Weißburgunder), Chardonnay and some Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder). Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) is also becoming more important for us, not only in barrique, but also in rosé.
This was just a selection of our most prominent grape varieties. In our online shop you can find more grape varieties, cuvées or specialities like the mulled wine.