Outstanding Vinotheks Details
Outstanding Vinothek in Mosel
The Saar, a tributary of the Mosel, is known for its exquisite Rieslings and a long rich history. Wineries often look back on generations of viticulture. So, it is all the more exciting when newcomers draw attention to themselves. The Cantzheim winery has been doing this since 2017 through both its wines and an extraordinary architectural project. Monks used to brew beer in the historic manor house from 1740. Today, fine Riesling from Anna and Stephan Reimann is produced here.
Together with the Swiss architect Max Dudler, the winemaker couple renovated the ensemble in accordance with the building’s heritage status and added an Orangerie and a modern Remise. “The Orangerie is an architectural masterpiece,” said the jury. A lot happened in order for this to happen. Anna Reimann first studied art history in Florence, learned Italian and made her first contact with wine because her apartment was above an enoteca. This was followed by a degree in horticulture in Weihenstephan, Bavaria. Here she also met her future husband, Stephan.
But it was only during an internship in Chile at the Santa Rita winery that the desire to make wine herself became apparent. A postgraduate course in oenology and stints at the Markus Molitor winery and the Bischöflichen Weingütern Trier followed.
It so happened that Anna Reimann's father, an architecture lover, had bought the baroque manor house in 2007. The building was rundown. And there was still no plan yet what to do with it. But Anna Reimann's desire to make wine and her father's purchase of the building fit perfectly together. The five-year renovation led to the opening of the Cantzheim winery in 2017. Visitors start their journey through the winery in the vinothek of the old manor house. Rather than a classic marketing room, the room is adorned with a modern bar.
“Our vinothek should look more like a private dining room,” says Anna Reimann. The furnishings are sleek, elegant and based on the history of the house: clear lines, tables and chairs made of fine wood, spacious and airy layout. The wall is decorated with pictures of the Saar. "We love the place with its history and see ourselves as a continuation of it, even if we are a new winery," says Reimann.
The ensemble is complemented by the Orangerie. The steel and glass building combines nature and culture. Its walls are transparent, dissolving into glass elements, a visual continuation of the vertical lines of the vines. The Orangerie is reminiscent of a greenhouse in the middle of a vineyard. A Remise was built as the third element in the ensemble. A cottage made of stamped concrete, which is reminiscent of the modern interpretation of a vineyard cottage and houses two guest rooms. In the main house there are three further guest rooms, in which high-quality art objects are placed. Here, everything comes out perfectly.