Terroirs & Style
We are proud to call the beautiful Kaiserstuhl our home.
This starts with its nearly ideal viticultural conditions, including temperatures and annual hours of sunlight that are among the highest anywhere in Germany.
Situated at the heart of the Upper Rhine Plain and in the flow of warm air currents from the Belfort Gap, the region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with good distribution of precipitation. Astute observers will find green lizards, European bee eaters, praying mantises, wild orchids and cacti living and growing here, all evidence of the truly unique conditions of the Kaiserstuhl.
The Kaiserstuhl's name is believed to derive from medieval times, when the German Kaiser still "governed from the saddle" and held provisional courts here. The term was first mentioned in official documents from 1304, although references have also been found to a provisional court of Otto III held in Sasbach in 994.
Imposing terraces of fertile loess soils and steep hillsides of warm, weathered volcanic soil come together as a wonderful foundation for the nuanced minerality and distinctive flavor of our wines and the soil in which they grow.
The Kirchberg — our "house vineyard" — sits on the southwestern foothills of the Kaiserstuhl.
The rugged, stony soil on this former volcanic cone is composed of black tephrite bedrock, with clinkstone (phonolite) filling the deeper fissures. Where those fissures extend to the surface, black granite (malanite) can also be found in the soil. The stony earth presents a number of challenges to vine and vigneron.
Our blocks face from due south to southwest.
The wines are concentrated, markedly deep and rich in minerals, and shine with a brilliant fruity elegance.
This site lies along the northwestern side of Oberrotweil, and separates the town from the village of Bischoffingen.
It faces on one edge toward the southwest, but then runs along a southerly basin toward the southeast, with the entire hillside fully exposed to the sun. The Eichberg soils reflect its volcanic origins. Ash and tuff rock force the vine's roots to dig deep to survive and lend the wines a characteristically soft body.
The Eichberg name is typically used as a reference for this open field district.
Before our ancestors cleared it for winegrowing, the warm southern-facing hills were covered with oak trees. The "Eichert" site name derives from the same origins.
We have sites in Oberrotweil and the Glottertal with identical site names but completely different soils!
The volcanic Henkenberg site sits on a flat ridge between Oberrotweil and Burkheim. The name refers to the original use of the site as the local hangman's hill. Along the same lines, one small portion of the open field district is still known as the Galgenbuck (Gallow's Hill).
When the site was cleared in accordance with the Wine Act of 1972, the Büchsenberg, Steingrubenberg and parts of the Kirchberg were added as well. The soil is similar in structure to the Eichberg. The rich earth lends the wines an unmistakable concentration and cellarability.
Our estate cultivates exceptional Grauburgunder (Ruländer) from this site.
When the site was cleared in accordance with the Wine Act of 1972, the loess blocks in Oberrotweil were fused together under this name.
The loess made its way to us during the Ice Age as a result of glacial drift. The deposits reach depths of 10 to 40 m, with some more heavily gullied sections containing soils from 6 different ice ages and interglacial periods.
Loess soils are known for fertility and good water retention.
The soils are easy to manage and, here in the Kaiserstuhl, are typically cultivated in terraces.
The extremely concentrated wines from these sites ripen quickly and consistently develop beautiful floral aromas.
Vinification and Style
The volcanic soils and loess slopes of the Kaiserstuhl, aided by optimal climatic conditions, lend the region's wines a typicity unlike anywhere else.
For three generations now, we've dedicated ourselves to the highest levels of quality through rigorous harvest selection and a state-of-the-art cellar, including a barrel cellar with large casks and small barriques.
The rest comes from love, patience, luck and a healthy dose of both courage and curiosity.
We are proud to offer dry, structured wines of clarity, elegant tannins, minerality, nuanced acidity and a beautiful balance of alcohol and freshness.
This clarity of vision and style has guided our hands and wines from Gutswein through Grosses Gewachs. It's really that simple.
Gutsweine Kabinett These wines are the cornerstone of our portfolio and our most important product.
They reflect the nuance and typicity of Pinots grown in the Kaiserstuhl and Glottertal. They offer a sense of place through a distinctive and fruit-driven character, always at a tremendous value.
Perfect for every occasion.
Reserve Salwey RS Late harvest Pinot fruit from our best vineyards; always dry, always delicious.
White wines are aged in large wooden casks; red wines are primarily aged in barrique.
Complex with a nuanced acidity and rich, luscious flavors. Excellent with food.
A special wine for a special occasion or simply just to make you feel special.
Großes Gewächs G.G.
Weißburgunder, Grauburgunder and Spätburgunder.
From truly special sites and specially selected vines, individually vinified in large oak casks. Enchanting aromatics, opulent and silky on the mid-palate, with clarity and definition.
It is our crowning winemaking achievement.
Each Großes Gewächs GG is always certified by the VERBAND DEUTSCHER PRÄDIKATSWEINGÜTER VDP.
A peek in our cellar — where the conditions are optimal for barrel aging.