A treasure usually lies buried deep in the earth. Safely protected in the dark, kept in a box. But there are also those treasures that have their roots hidden in the safe soil, but present their special goodness, exposed to the sunlight. Such a treasure are the famous vine rows of the Dr. Bürklin-Wolf winery in the Palatinate, which looks back on a history of more than 400 years. For the origins of the traditional house, which has rested in family hands for all these centuries, date back to 1597. Since 1990, it has been Bettina Bürklin-von Guradze, the eldest daughter of Dr. Albert Bürklin, who has taken on the parental legacy of 15 single vineyards, paying tribute to the footsteps of her ancestors - but pairing them with her very own vision. But one thing has always been her ultimate goal: to produce outstanding top Rieslings - and to do so in harmony with nature.
"The source of power from which the vine draws its energy becomes a unified whole in biodynamic viticulture," Bettina Bürklin-von Guradze is certain. So it is not surprising that the conversion to precisely this biodynamic method of cultivation was one of her major goals, which she was able to put into practice as early as 2005. A sign of both the family's wise foresight. The talent to skilfully read the signs of the times. But also for the awareness to carry this great vinophile heritage into a healthy future for the next generations. This natural approach also supports the endeavour to perfectly capture the diversity and depth of the unique terroir, which is based on red sandstone, basalt and limestone, in award-winning wines. For it is top sites such as the Deidesheimer Kalkofen, the Forster Pechstein, the Kirchenstück in Forst or the Rupertsberger Gaisböhl where the winery's exquisite grapes thrive. "These valuable sites were already famous for top Rieslings in the 19th century. Therefore, in this tradition, we concentrate on this most valuable grape variety," tells managing director Steffen Brahner.
Thus, under the care of vineyard manager Jan Hock, 90 percent Riesling grows in the vineyards of the 89-hectare winery. True to the motto that "great wines are a reflection of their location", the aim is to capture the very individual characteristics of each top vineyard, of each microcosm, and to reflect them in the wine. The high-quality grapes of the Riesling are the aromatic metaphor that tells the story of their respective appellation. "The Riesling grape variety helps us capture this essence like no other," explains Steffen Brahner. With a view to our neighbouring country France, where this awareness of protected areas of origin and classifications is lived much more consciously, the winery created its own quality pyramid as early as 1990. Special attention is paid to the G.C. (the Grand Crus) and the P.C. Rieslings (comparable to the Burgundian Premier Cru sites). "These wines have an enormous ageing potential of 20 years upwards," Steffen Brahner knows. For this reason, large quantities of each vintage are stored in the winery's ageing cellars and only sold when they have developed their true greatness. A special claim that stands not only for tradition, but also for pride and vision.
We cordially invite you to visit this great wine estate with its 2021 Wachenheim Riesling get to know in December at our wein.plus:club online tastings. The places, which are available for B2B and end consumers, are very limited.
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