Terroir is the magic word in the wine world. Like an award that ennobles a wine. But it is not the word that makes the wine so valuable, but the meaning behind it. As the Duden says: "The totality of natural factors", which could also be succinctly described as "region" - but which clearly says too little. For it is this almost magical interplay of soils, climate, grape variety and the cultural influences of a particular region that makes this subtle difference and allows the wine to tell of its origin. This significant aspect - which also includes the quality of the grapes and the experience of the cellar master - is something that the Württemberg VDP winery Graf Neipperg is deeply aware of. And this out of the conviction that they truly have a story to tell here. The winegrowing family, whose head today is Karl Eugen Graf von Neipperg, has resided near Heilbronn since the 15th century. Numerous decades in which much has happened and in which the family has achieved great things: One of them is that the Counts Neipperg brought the grape variety Lemberger (Blaufränkisch) from Austria to Germany in the 18th century and thus created a milestone for red wine in this country. There is no question that Neipperg's wines have won many awards to this day. However, this is not only due to the dark red wines for which the winery is famous, but rather to the fact that the terroir is skilfully used here.
It is in the top vineyards and steep slopes such as Neipperger Schlossberg, Schwaigerner Ruthe or Klingenberger Schlossberg that the quality of the wines begins. All in all, the noble grapes of the traditional house grow here around Schwaigern on more than 30 hectares. Deep, fertile soils, coupled with optimal alignment and planting of the vines, a mild climate and consistent, natural work in the vineyards, form the basis for the best grapes from Rivaner, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc as well as Trollinger, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Lemberger. True to the motto "a good wine matures in a good cellar", the vinification takes place deep underground. Underneath the family's ancestral castle - in the likewise centuries-old vaulted cellar in the former moat - ideal conditions exist. Thanks to the constant natural coolness that prevails here, the wines can develop to their full potential in peace. Traditionally, they mature in large wooden barrels under the watchful eye of cellar master Bernd Supp; selected wines also mature in barriques.
Warm, rich in finesse, full of power and liveliness - these are just some of the attributes with which the noble growths of the house Graf Neipperg are praised. The fascinating thing is that, in view of the long history, one is always aware of tradition. However, the current zeitgeist is so present that you can taste the constant joy and passion for winemaking in every wine.
We cordially invite you to taste this great winery with 2021 Muscat dry in May at our wein.plus:club online tastings. Places available for wine professionals and private wine fans are very limited.
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