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Only the best grapes produce excellent wines

Our quality claim

“Healthy, ripe grapes are the primary goal of our work – we tend our vines with great sensitivity.”

The quality of a wine depends on what is in the grapes and how they are processed. The first prerequisite is that we do not produce too much to avoid the plants to be overburdened. For years, temperatures have been rising, and rainfalls have been decreasing. To adapt our vines’ performance to these new conditions, we leave only one or two short canes when pruning in winter so that only a few fruit shoots grow.

Plant protection is essential in viticulture. However, one can ensure that the plants become more resistant and are not overloaded. The most important thing is to know your vines and develop a sense of what the vineyard needs. We combine conventional and organic viticulture methods according to requirements and situation, but never for ideological reasons. We test each agent individually for toxicity and do not use any glyphosate or copper. When we fertilise, we use industrially produced mineral fertiliser, but natural products (compost, manure and organic fertiliser). To keep the soil fertile in the long term, we plant the vineyards with greenery and take care to compact them as little as possible, i.e. driving in the vineyard only when necessary. We also do not use insecticides. We aim to produce small quantities of excellent grapes and not mass production.

Since Franconia is the driest region in Germany, water will become an essential issue for us in the next years. However, we use drip irrigation to water the young plants and the vineyards in the upper steep slope, possessing only small humus layers due to erosion. We provide these plants in total with about 10 litres of water per plant for 2-3 times in summer. We aim to prevent a stress or distress situation of the withering plants. They would otherwise produce distressed grapes which would not end up in a good wine. A high quantity is not what we want to achieve. The vine should develop deep roots and seek water. Only this will ensure sustainably good and mineral wines.