Winegrowers tell their stories
Thousands of winegrowers in Germany's 13 wine regions work dusk to dawn fulfilling their own personal vision of what wine can and should be. Their talent and passion throughout the year are part of what makes this profession and this product so special. We invited wine producers to tell us some of their stories. They responded with tales of their daily challenges, dreams, learnings and memorable experiences from the world of wine. Enjoy these stories in order or simply meander through the various winegrowing regions and the captivating words of the people who work them.
ה רעשה הוהיל םיקידצ ואבי וב
"This is the gateway to the Eternal, the righteous will enter there."
Anyone who stands in front of the gate of our wine press and reads these lines, may suspect that this is a very special place. Initially - if you follow the writing - hardly anything is unusual except for the Hebrew tablet.
We drink Swiss Francs!
As owner of one of the best cheese factories in Switzerland, for many years I dedicated my life to the milk of the Appenzeller cows. But at some point, a new challenge had to be found. And since nothing goes better with cheese than a good wine, I decided to turn to viticulture for my livelihood.read more
Blown Away in New York
They say New York is the city where anything can happen. I was not sure how true that really is, when I first traveled there in February 2013. It was my first time in the USA and I was on my way to the Riesling celebrationread more
From a Cellar Baptism to a Cellar Master
So how do you recover from a terribly embarrassing mistake in the middle of a terribly important test? How about when you're a winegrower-in-training? And it's your practical examination on cellar technique? No problem. You simply go on to take the reins in your estate's cellar.read more
Nahe - Moving Sideways, Creatively
What do you do when the cooling system fails and you unintentionally kick off fermentation in your Gewürztraminer? Well, you combine it with Chardonnay and Auxerrois into a dry blend to create the perfect "everybody’s darling," from party wine to food pairing!read more
Mosel - Sentenced to Life... in Wine
My husband is one of the few real scoundrels in the winegrowing business. He and four other young vintners from the Mosel teamed up to form the renowned/notorious Riesling Kartell.read more
Shelter from the Storm
As a winegrower, you are perpetually at the mercy of nature's whims. Weather-related harvest losses are no rare occurrence. But the Elbe flooding of 2002 caught us absolutely unawares.read more
A Barrel Full of New Experiences
My motto is to be open to new things, to try everything at least once and to never stop learning. When it was time for me to look for a practical internship as part of my studies, I didn't want to work at another winegrowing estate like everyone else. I wanted to see something completely different.read more
What's in a Name
Tradition can bind us — but sometimes it can be confusing as well. Our estate has borne the Reuscher-Haart name for centuries, but my grandmother Maria ended up being the last proper "Reuscher" to work here.read more
Franken - From a Pub Dream to a Winegrowing Estate
Hard liquor has famously powered many a crazy idea among university house mates. Wine is also a well-known 'creative juice' — even if few of the ideas ever come to fruition.read more
From "Stand Back" to "Standard"
"It's good to dream," I used to tell myself back at the beginning of my career. My goal was to get listed in the highly prestigious Gault&Millau Wine Guide.read more
Three Generations and a Black Cat
Our estate may well be the poster child for a classic family-run operation. Three generations live together under one roof, working together to build the perfect wine. With our tomcat Jacky, of course, our own personal "Zeller schwarze Katz".read more
Good Wine Comes from the Heart
They say that hands-on experience is better than book learning, and so back at the start of my studies in the international wine business I tried to put all that theory into practice.read more
Our Wine Grows Steep
Sometimes the best way to see how much love and passion goes into something is to realize just how difficult the object of that affection can be. At our estate, for example, we work with very old steep vineyards bounded by dry stone walls, a setup that demands a great deal of manual care and physical exertion.read more
One for All. All for One.
Most estates in Germany are still family run — and many local winegrowing communities themselves behave like a large family. Such as in our wine village, where structures established over centuries are still in place.read more
The Secret of the Monks
My husband and I are academics and not particularly inclined to believe in the supernatural. But even we cannot quite deny the magical effect of our vineyards, which were once owned by a cloister of Cistercian monks.read more
From Mining to Wining
When people hear the word mining, they tend to think about dust, heavy machines and dirty covered surfaces — not about tender vines. Unless you're my father. Back in 1997 he saw something no one else in Europe did.read more
A Thousand and One Tastes
German Riesling and Turkish cuisine may sound like an odd combination — until you try it! Then you discover just how well the aromas deepen and complement each other.read more
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