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The white grape variety Albariño is known from the border region between Portugal and Spain - but it also thrives magnificently in Rheinhessen. This is demonstrated by the Hauck family winery in Bermersheim vor der Höhe. By cultivating southern European grape varieties, the innovative winery is responding to climate change.
Jana Hauck

The Hauck family also has its roots in the birthplace of Hildegard von Bingen, which can be traced back almost 300 years. Coming from a background of mixed farming, Heinz Günter and Heike Hauck have concentrated exclusively on viticulture since the turn of the millennium. In the meantime, daughter Jana has taken over the reins, and together with her team, the Haucks cultivate 30 hectares of vineyards.

On the one hand, the winery is close to tradition and down-to-earth; on the other hand, it is imaginative and future-oriented. "In what we do, we are definitely one thing: undogmatic," Jana Hauck tells us. "We question so that we can stand behind our decisions. We find our own answers to questions that concern us."

One of these questions is climate change. On the one hand, it demands environmentally friendly work, and on the other, it poses the challenge of how to continue producing high-quality wines under changed climatic conditions.

The Haucks' answer is, firstly, a clear focus on sustainability. "We keep our carbon footprint as low as possible," explains Jana Hauck. "This starts with soil cultivation in the vineyard - because humus is the largest CO2 reservoir on our planet. For this reason, humus build-up through species-rich cover crop and needs-oriented soil cultivation is our goal. We cover 100 per cent of the energy demand in the wine cellar and warehouse from solar energy, which we collect on our hall roofs."

Secondly, the answer can be seen in the range of grape varieties and the assortment of the Hauck winery. For in addition to the classic white Pinot varieties, Silvaner and Riesling, French "immigrants" such as Chardonnay and Auxerrois - which also belong to the Burgundy family - as well as Sauvignon Blanc can also be found here. And the Hauck family also ventures into such exotic varieties as Albariño or Manzoni Bianco, an Italian cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

"We are quite curious," Jana Hauck says with a laugh - and the success proves her right: "Albariño is developing so well that we have planted more than one hectare in the meantime . Southern European grape varieties are also used for the red wines: in addition to Pinot Noir and St. Laurent, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have also been at home in the Bermersheim vineyards since 2001.

The Haucks and their team also demonstrate a wealth of ideas in the cellar, where they create extraordinary white cuvées: Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc & Auxerrois, Albariño & Manzoni Bianco... In addition, there are red cuvées, single-varietal whites and reds as well as rosé and sparkling wines. "With a lot of tact, the highest quality standards and the sensitive use of modern cellar technology, we create wines with our fingerprint," Jana Hauck emphasises. "We ferment most of our white wines in stainless steel tanks. After mash fermentation, we allow the red wines extensive time out in our barrique barrels, where they can mature in peace."

At the Hauck winery, craftsmanship, passion, creativity and vision come together. "Making really good wines can only succeed with passion," Jana Hauck sums up. "And we have that."

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