One of the most influential personalities in the German wine world is dead: Bernd Philippi, who did pioneering work with his Koehler-Ruprecht winery in the Palatinate, died at 72 after a long illness. The news was first spread by friends and companions on social media.
Bernd Philippi took over the Koehler-Ruprecht winery in Kallstadt from his father in 1986 and changed the style. Especially with his Rieslings and Pinot Noirs from the Kallstadter Saumagen vineyard, he became known worldwide and was therefore often called "The Godfather of Saumagen". His wines stood for longevity and structure at a time when the wine industry in Germany was shaken by the aftermath of the glycol scandal.
In 2009, he sold the estate to an American family, but remained active as a consultant.