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.
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
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
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
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
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