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Hans Wirsching

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Overview:

Weingut Hans Wirsching ranks among the most renowned and largest privately held wine estates in all of Franconia.  Now in its 14th generation, the Wirsching family has been making wine since the 1630s!  With the vineyards that remained after two World Wars and a phylloxera epidemic, Hans Sr. continued the Wirsching tradition of consistency and quality, and laid the foundation for an immaculate wine-growing operation.  In 1966, his sons Dr. Heinrich Wirsching and Hans Wirsching Jr. built the winery’s reputation even further as they expanded the area of the vineyards under cultivation.  Dr. Heinrich Wirsching, a prudent estate owner and visionary wine maker, has turned the estate into one of Franconia’s leading Silvaner producers.

Owner: Dr. Heinrich Wirsching

Winemaker: Werner Probst

VDP Member: Since 1983

Size of Vineyard: 80 hectares

Annual Production: 520,000 bottles

The Location:

The world-renowned vineyards in Iphofen–Julius-Echter-Berg, Kronsberg, and Kalb–cover an area of 80 hectares. The vineyards are cultivated and nurtured in harmony with nature. In doing so, the winemakers pay careful attention to reduce the yields of the vines in order to improve grape quality. Oak forests shield the particularly steep vineyard slopes to the north and the east, thus providing a special microclimate, an important requirement for high quality viticulture. This mild climate and the long growing season allow the vines to absorb the minerals contained in the gypsum keuper soil, and also extends the ripening period. This gives these wines their fruity and full-bodied character, making them especially easy to digest, healthy to consume, and enjoyable to drink.

The Mission

The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine traditions blend with modern technology. In doing so, freshness, liveliness, vintage, and varietal character in the form of specific aromas and flavor nuances are preserved in the wines. The maturation of the white wines occurs mostly in stainless steel tanks, while the red wines are aged in both old wood and casks. A small amount of the white and red wines are also matured in Barrique barrels.

The Wirsching winery is a specialist in ‘Franconian dry’ wines. That is to say, they linger on the palate without any sweetness, in harmony with a moderate fruit acidity.

In competitive wine tastings in Germany and abroad, Wirsching wines consistently receive the highest recognition and top rankings which reflects the success of their mission to create wines of the highest quality. All Wirsching wines exhibit finesse, aroma, intensity, and elegance.

The Vineyards:

Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg

Without a doubt, Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg is one of Franconia’s prime vineyard sites. Its namesake is the famous Prince Bishop Julius Echter of Mespelbrunn. Hans Wirsching Sr. is considered “the father” of this plot because in the early 1920’s it was his idea to name the best vineyard site of Iphofen “Julius-Echter-Berg.”

This steep, south-facing slope is located in a basin, 280 meters above sea level at its base, and 380 meters above sea level at its height. The unique soil structure and micro-climate influence the location and distinguish it from Riesling sites along the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. The greyish-brown gypsum keuper soil radiates the sun’s heat and releases vivid scents and fragrances. The subsoil readily retains moisture which lets the grapes ripen slowly over a long period of time. The wines obtain their intensity and particular flavor and aroma from a sediment layer of green ‘reed’ sandstone which is unique to Franconia.

The Steigerwald is one of the German wine-growing regions with the highest average must weights. At the Wirsching Estate, the principle of using only the best site to plant the best grape variety applies, especially when it comes to Riesling and Silvaner. With the Riesling, the acidity remains distinctive and influential at about 8 per mililiter – generally referred to as Continental Riesling. This applies to the Silvaner as well.  The combination of the gypsum keuper soil and the southern facing location makes for strong, expressive wines with striking acidic structure. These dense wines are rich with extracts, are made to last, and are aromatic to such an extent that they quickly attract attention at any Franconian wine tasting.

Iphöfer Kronsberg

The Iphöfer Kronsberg is one of the top vineyard sites in Franconia. It is named after the oak woods, sitting enthroned like a fur cap on the steep slopes facing south, above the vineyards. During the Keuper period, gypsum and lime sandstone were deposited here as marine sediments. The keuper soil, with its high mineral content, was developed through weathering. The slope and the soil’s excellent water and heat retention can be characterized as “water and warmth, under a crown of oaks.”

The combination of the Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Kronsberg terroir yields powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure and a distinctive, natural, earthy character, in addition to significant cellaring potential. One can taste the very high mineral content, however, because of the high lime content in the soil, the acidity of the wines is deeply softened. Additionally, one can discern a very clear yet subtle fruitiness in the bouquet.

Iphöfer Kalb

The Iphöfer Kalb is a steep slope that faces south. On the easily warmed keuper soils grow delicately fruity, elegant wines with fresh, lively aromas. The mild climate and the long growing season allows the vines to absorb the many minerals from the dark keuper soil which gives the wines their fruity and full-bodied character.

Grape Varietals:

The 80 hectare estate is planted with Silvaner (40%), Riesling (20%), Pinot Blanc (8%), Scheurebe (7%) and Pinot Noir (7%). The remaining 18% is a mix of Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Traminer, Rieslaner, Chardonnay, Portugais Bleu, Dornfelder and Domina.

History of the Estate:

16th Century:

The Wirsching Family came to Franconia in the 16th century, and donated a vineyard to the Abbey at Ebrach in 1630. This date marks the beginning of the family’s activities in Iphofen. Since then, they have lived and worked through the generations in the estate’s main building which was built in 1550.

19th Century:

Due to difficult weather conditions, the wine growing operations in the 19th century were small compared to today. Besides the wine-growing business, the great-grandfather of today’s active generation, Michael Wirsching, operated a thriving trade business. The property on Ludwigstrasse also had a large vegetable garden and the obligatory pigs, cows, and chickens necessary to keep food on the table to feed a large swarm of children.

20th Century:

The turn of the century brought new difficulties upon the next generation: Andreas Wirsching was confronted by the phylloxera vine pest disaster which, in the period from 1904 to 1911, all but completely destroyed the vineyards along the so-called “Iphofen Mountain.” The First World War did the rest of the damage.

Hans Wirsching, Andreas’ son, came back from the war as a young man, and after his father’s death assumed full responsibility. He decided to fight for Iphofen’s languishing vineyards and the family’s newly established estate. His most important achievement, as president of the local Winegrower’s Association, was winning the battle over the opposition to plant new vineyards with grafted, phylloxera-resistant vines. He created a new name for the best Iphofen site–Julius-Echter-Berg–and with his own hands and the help of his sons, replanted vineyard for vineyard. Hans Wirsching became known for his excellent Silvaner wines, which he sold all the way to Berlin. In 1952, he planted the first Scheurebe vine in Franconia.

In the early 1960’s, Hans Wirsching Jr., a gifted winemaker, brought back to Franconia from Munich his brother Heinrich, who was a graduate business economist there. From then on, these two brothers wrote the great success story of the estate. Thanks to their early commitment to land, farming consolidation, and their particular dedication to Iphofen’s vineyards, Iphofen has developed into one of the leading wine-growing communities in all of Franconia.

Dr. Heinrich Wirsching has shaped the development of the estate, which has grown and become known far beyond Germany’s borders. The new style that Hans has given his wines – fresh, reductive, elegant and slim – has become his trademark. Wirsching wines were present at the banquets of an American president, were taken throughout the world by Bavarian delegations, and, in 1980, even became the sacramental wine for the Pope. The early passing of Hans in 1990 did not alter the qualities that made the Wirsching wines so special.

Present Day:

Today, the new generation has already assumed its responsibilities: Andrea, eldest daughter of Heinrich Wirsching, is part of the management, mainly taking care of marketing and sales. Lena, his youngest daughter, completed her Bachelor in International Wine Business in Geisenheim and is now studying for a Master in Family Business Management. The sisters’ goal is to successfully continue in the estate’s tradition of success through the production of world-class Silvaner, Riesling, and Scheurebe wines.

Iphofen

The wine town of Iphofen was first mentioned in a document in 741 AD. It is located at the foot of the Schwanberg (Swan Mountain) 474 meters above sea level. The famous vineyards of the Julius-Echter-Berg, Kronsberg, and Kalb surround this Franconian village. The municipality of Iphofen, with its six additional townships, belongs to the county of Kitzingen.

Although a little outside of the area, Iphofen is still part of the so-called Maingauklimazone (Main Valley climate zone), which means that the annual temperature averages between 7.5°C-8°C and that the annual precipitation is at about 600 millimeters. The historic part of the town has perfectly preserved fortifications and walls and holds many interesting sights, such as the Knauf-Museum. Besides the gypsum industry, wine production is Iphofen’s most important economic pillar, with approximately 290 hectares (717 US acres) of vineyards under cultivation.


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Iphofer Julius-Echter-Berg Riesling Kabinett BB

The Vineyard: The Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg is arguably the prime Franken winegrowing terroir. Its namesake is the famous Prince Bishop Julius Echter of Mespelbrunn. This southern-facing escarpment is about 380 meters above sea level. The soil structure and microclimate influence the terroir and differentiate it from Moselle and Rhine Riesling. The gray-brown marl soil radiates heat and releases wild, unnameable fragrances. Good quality soil extends the ripening process of the soil. The high extract and singular flavor of the wine comes from a unique sediment of green reed-cane sandstone in Franken.

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine traditions are employed alongside modern technology. Maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Bright gold in color, this classic Riesling has lovely aromas of apricot and other slightly exotic savors.  On the palate, it has lightly herbal aromatic notes.

Food Pairings: Enjoy this wine with shellfish, goat cheese, or simply on its own!

Serving Temperature: 10 ° C 

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kronsberg Scheurebe Kabinett Trocken BB

The Vineyard: Iphöfer Kronsberg, located within the city of Hannover, is one of the top terroirs in Franken, named after the oak woods that lie above the vineyards, perched like a fur cap on top of the steep southern slopes. There is a layer of rock, called keuper, that is composed of gypsum and limestone from ancient marine sediments. This keuper creates a mineral-rich marl surface soil which is characterized by its high water and heat retention. The combination of Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Hannover terroir results in powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure, significant longevity, and a distinctive, terroir-driven character. The high mineral and lime content of the soils is clearly evident upon tasting, and is tempered by the acidity and subtle fruitiness.

Varietal Composition: 100% Scheurebe; Wirsching Winery is considered to be a pioneer of this varietal in Franken. In 1952, the first Scheurebe vine was planted in Kronsberg. This varietal is comparable to those originating in the Loire Valley, specifically Muscadet, Sancerre, and Viognier.  Scheurebe wines fascinate with their almost endless variety of exotic fruit notes, like mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, and lemon. They also have a semi-dry acidity, quite reminiscent of Riesling.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine traditions are employed alongside modern technology. Maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: This house specialty Scheurebe has a bright, lemony yellow appearance. The bouquet is fragrant with shades of grapefruit, mango, mint, and cassis, and has notes of exotic, tropical fruit like mango on the palate.  Its semi-dry nature and medium acidity is reminiscent of the dryer Rieslings.

Food Pairings: Beef, fish, lamb

Serving Temperature: 10° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Kabinett Trocken BB

The Vineyard: Iphöfer Kronsberg, located within the city of Hannover, is one of the top terroirs in Franken, named after the oak woods that lie above the vineyards, perched like a fur cap on top of the steep southern slopes. There is a layer of rock, called keuper, that is composed of gypsum and limestone from ancient marine sediments. This keuper creates a mineral-rich marl surface soil which is characterized by its high water and heat retention. The combination of Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Hannover terroir results in powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure, significant longevity, and a distinctive, terroir-driven character. The high mineral and lime content of the soils is clearly evident upon tasting, and is tempered by the acidity and subtle fruitiness.

Varietal Composition: 100% Silvaner

Alcohol Content: 12.4%

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine traditions are employed alongside modern technology. Maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: The Silvaner Kabinett Trocken impresses with its mineral core and its strong character.  The Kronsberg terroir give this fresh wine a delicate fruitiness, nice acidity, and lots of extract and longevity.

Food Pairings: Fish and asparagus

Serving Temperature: 10 ° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kalb Riesling Kabinett BB

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

VDP Classification: Ortswein (sourced from superior soils that originate from a village’s best vineyards and are planted with grape varietals typical of their region)

Alcohol Content: 12%

Residual Sugar: 16.9 g/l

Acidity: 7.8 g/l

Taste: Medium dry

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine traditions are employed alongside modern technology. Vinification of the wine takes place in  stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: The winemakers were rewarded for their patience after the long maturation phase and late harvest of the Riesling grapes by the clear, radiant style of this Kabinett wine.  It has a balanced interplay of diverse fruit flavors and subtle acidity, with particular notes of young citrus and freshly picked peaches.

Food Pairings: Poultry, Asian cuisine

Serving Temperature: 10° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kronsberg Erste Lage Silvaner Kabinett Trocken BB

The Vineyard: Iphöfer Kronsberg, located within the city of Hannover, is one of the top terroirs in Franken, named after the oak woods that lie above the vineyards, perched like a fur cap on top of the steep southern slopes. There is a layer of rock, called keuper, that is composed of gypsum and limestone from ancient marine sediments. This keuper creates a mineral-rich marl surface soil which is characterized by its high water and heat retention. The combination of Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Hannover terroir results in powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure, significant longevity, and a distinctive, terroir-driven character. The high mineral and lime content of the soils is clearly evident upon tasting, and is tempered by the acidity and subtle fruitiness.

Grape Varietal: 100% Silvaner

VDP Classification: VDP.Erste Lage

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Residual Sugar: 4.7 g/l

Acidity: 6.9 g/l

Taste: Dry

Tasting Notes: Lovely minerality, persistent, great wealth of flavor.  This wine is strong and slightly vegetative on the palate, with wild herb and nutty fragrances in the bouquet, and a refreshing acidity.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with fish, lamb, and chicken.

Serving Temperature: 10° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kronsberg Riesling GG BB

The Vineyard: Iphöfer Kronsberg, located within the city of Hannover, is one of the top terroirs in Franken, named after the oak woods that lie above the vineyards, perched like a fur cap on top of the steep southern slopes. There is a layer of rock, called keuper, that is composed of gypsum and limestone from ancient marine sediments. This keuper creates a mineral-rich marl surface soil which is characterized by its high water and heat retention. The combination of Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Hannover terroir results in powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure, significant longevity, and a distinctive, terroir-driven character. The high mineral and lime content of the soils is clearly evident upon tasting, and is tempered by the acidity and subtle fruitiness.

Grape Varietals: 100% Riesling; The Großen Gewächse (First Growths) are known as the German Grand Crus and have gained an international reputation.  According to the strictest criteria VDP, they must be in the best delineated vineyards, have sustainable viticulture, come from old vines, be subjected to selective hand-picking, have reduced yields at less than 50 hl/ha, have minimum must weights of at least 95° Oechsle, with a final organoleptic test by a VDP Commission, marketing from 1 September after harvest.

VDP Classification: VDP. Grosse Lage

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Residual Sugar: 7.9 g/l

Acidity: 8.1 g/l

Taste: Dry

Tasting Notes: This Riesling smells of fragrant, vineyard peach and wild herbs, and also has a balanced acidity.

Food Pairings: Lamb, chicken, pork

Serving Temperature: 10 ° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner GG BB

The Vineyard: Iphöfer Kronsberg, located within the city of Hannover, is one of the top terroirs in Franken, named after the oak woods that lie above the vineyards, perched like a fur cap on top of the steep southern slopes. There is a layer of rock, called keuper, that is composed of gypsum and limestone from ancient marine sediments. This keuper creates a mineral-rich marl surface soil which is characterized by its high water and heat retention. The combination of Silvaner and Riesling grapes with the Hannover terroir results in powerful, expressive wines with striking acidic structure, significant longevity, and a distinctive, terroir-driven character. The high mineral and lime content of the soils is clearly evident upon tasting, and is tempered by the acidity and subtle fruitiness.

Grape Varietals: 100% Silvaner

VDP Classification: VDP. Grosse Lage

Alcohol Content: 13.2%

Residual Sugar: 4.4 g/l

Acidity: 6.4 g/l

Taste: Dry

Tasting Notes: Juicy, full-bodied style with plenty of game and spice. High minerality; the nose is clear with subtle fruity shades of cherry plum. On the palate: hints of white currant and smoky notes.

Food Pairings: Thanks to its unobtrusive nature, this Silvaner is ideally suited as a companion for many, many foods, including chicken and pork dishes.  Can be enjoyed either as a simple table wine with a light, cold meal, or as a noble wine for fine dining. The ideal companion for any menu.

Serving temperature: 10°C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Riesling QbA Trocken BB

Grape Varietals: 100% Riesling; Riesling, the “King of White Wines,” requires Franconia’s sunniest vineyards. In terms of climate, this elder statesman of the grape varietals claims the best, sunniest, southern exposed slopes. Riesling wines fascinate because of their elegance, spirit, abundance of nuance, and an invigorating fruity acidity. Due to a long maturation period and a late harvest, the character and qualities of the wine unfold in perfect harmony. In peak years, premium Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese substantiate the worldwide reputation of this variety.

VDP Classification: Gutswein

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Residual Sugar: 6.7 g/l

Acidity: 7.5 g/l

Taste: Dry

Tasting Notes: The Riesling rewards the patience of the winemaker with its clear, radiant, and balanced yet playful variety of fruit aromas and a subtle acidity.

Food Pairings: This wine blends particularly well with seafood, shellfish, white meat, or delicate cream sauces, in addition to beef, lamb, chicken, and all sorts of vegetables.

Serving temperature: 10°C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner GG BB

The Vineyard: The Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg is arguably the prime Franken winegrowing terroir. Its namesake is the famous Prince Bishop Julius Echter of Mespelbrunn. This southern-facing escarpment is about 380 meters above sea level. The soil structure and microclimate influence the terroir and differentiate it from Moselle and Rhine Riesling. The gray-brown marl soil radiates heat and releases wild, unnameable fragrances. Good quality soil extends the ripening process of the soil. The high extract and singular flavor of the wine comes from a unique sediment of green reed-cane sandstone in Franken.

Grape Varietals: 100% Silvaner; The Großen Gewächse (First Growths) are known as the German Grand Crus and have gained an international reputation.  According to the strictest criteria VDP, they must be in the best delineated vineyards, have sustainable viticulture, come from old vines, be subjected to selective hand-picking, have reduced yields at less than 50 hl/ha, have minimum must weights of at least 95° Oechsle, with a final organoleptic test by a VDP Commission, marketing from 1 September after harvest.

VDP Classification: VDP. Grosse Lage

Alcohol: 13.5%

Taste: Dry

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and processed as gently and carefully as possible. Here, centuries-old wine tradition combines with modern technology. The expansion of white wines are made in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: This Silvaner is characterized by wild herbaceous notes, ripe pear, quince, gooseberry, and a hint of exotic fruit. It develops slowly on the palate with a balsamic, creamy fullness.

Food Pairings: Fish, lamb, pork

Serving Temperature: 10 ° C

Note: Contains sulfites

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Iphofer Spätburgunder QbA Trocken BB

The Vineyard: The location in Franken is ideal for Pinot Noir, with its warm, fertile, soil and adequate lime content underground.  These grapes takes time to mature, so that its strength, full-bodiedness, and Burgundian aromas can balance out and unfold.

Vinification: High, ripe grapes with highly trained color pigments are selectively harvested. After a gentle processing and a 2-week maceration and fermentation, the young wines are left to mature for 1 year in classic oak barrels. 

Grape Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

VDP Classification: Ortswein

Alcohol Content: 13%

Taste: Dry

Tasting Notes: This Pinot Noir is comparable to similar wines from southern Burgundy; deep ruby red in color, it is full-bodied but light, with subtle aromas of wild blackberries, cherry, bitter almond, and a hint of vanilla. Dry yet soft on the palate, the velvety tannins add to the pleasurable drinking experience.

Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, venison, pork, fragrant cheeses; goes very well with lighter dishes to set off its elegance

Serving Temperature: 14-16° C or fresh from the cellar

Note: Contains sulfites

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Silvaner Trocken

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Grape Varietal: 100% Silvaner; As the “centuries-old ancestor” in Franconian wine country, Silvaner reflects many Franconian attributes. Experts call it the true Franconian wine. The vines have excellent yield and longevity, but are demanding in terms of site selection. They are stocky in stature, but with irrepressible vitality and energy. In this traditional varietal, one tastes, quite strongly, the qualities of the soil. Its medium-sized, juicy grapes deliver a full-bodied, powerful wine with a neutral bouquet and a delicate, mild acidity, which is ideal for dry maturation.

At the Wirsching Estate, the Silvaner is one of the most important grape varieties. In great vintage years, the wine surprises with a playfulness and elegance that is unmatched. Thanks to its unobtrusive nature, it is ideally suited as a companion for many, many foods, either as a simple table wine with a light cold meal or as a noble wine for fine dining. The ideal companion for any menu.

VDP Classification: Gutswein

Taste: Dry

Alcohol Content: 12%

Serving Temperature: 10° C

Cellaring Potential: Can be enjoyed young, or within 3-5 years of bottling

Tasting Notes:  Shimmering straw gold in color; An ideal accompaniment to light meals; balanced and dry, i.e. without sweetness to the taste, subtle minerality with mild acidity, no intrusive aroma, yet sufficiently strong to accompany full-flavored foods. Crisp and fresh on the palate, fragrant apple, quince, and melon in the bouquet. A real pleasure to drink on its own, or to share with friends!

Food Pairings: Fish, chicken

Note: Contains sulfites

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Horst Sauer

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The Estate

Weingut Horst Sauer is famous in Franken and around the world for its exceptional dry, minerally wines, crafted by Horst Sauer alongside his daughter, Sandra.  Horst is particularly devoted to his noble sweet wines, however, like his sublime, creamy Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese.  Sandra Sauer joined the family business in 2004, bringing energy and momentum to the wine making process, as well as expertise in marketing.  In 2006, their winemaking facilites were completely modernized in order to streamline their production.  Today, they continue to produce internationally honored wines that are vastly enjoyable to drink.

Facts & Figures

Owners: Horst & Magdalena Sauer

Winemakers: Horst & Sandra Sauer (daughter of Horst)

Production Area: 37.3 acres

Vineyards: Escherndorfer Lump, Escherndorfer Fürstenberg

Soil: Shellbearing limestone, Lettenkeuper, loess silt

Grape Varietals: Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Bacchus, Scheurebe, Spätburgunder, Domina, Weißburgunder

Annual Production: 140,000 bottles

*VDP Member (association of German premium wineries) since 2001

*Frank & Frei Member (cooperation of Franconian wineries)

The Vineyards

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Escherndorf am Lumpen: These plots are located on the steepest slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump—they are so steep, in fact, that they would be ideal for ski jumping.  The soil is pure and planted with vines over 30 years old.  “Am Lumpen” was first mentioned in 1655 in a description of goods and articles of association.

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Escherndorfer Lump: This exceptional site has been characterized by its special microclimate for more than a thousand years. The steep slopes open to the south like a parabolic reflector, collecting every sunbeam all year long and protecting the vines from the wintry northern and eastern winds.  The combination of the slope angle, sun exposure, and surface layer of limestone-rich soil is unique.  This terroir produces wines with a distinctive, concentrated fruitiness that enjoy great longevity.

Escherndorfer Fürstenberg: The Escherndorfer Fürstenberg borders the Lump to the east and west.  The slope is orientated to the east, so the mountain is in the shade in the evening, which produces wines with green aromas and a fine, slender body.


 

Just Silvaner

Silvaner Just QbA Trocken

Appellation: Franken

Village: Escherndorf

VDP Category: Estate wine

Grape Varietal: 100% Silvaner

Soil: Loess and loam

Harvest: Manually done, and early–for this vintage, the harvest date was on September 15

Alcohol Content: 12%

Acidity Level: 6.2 g/L

Residual Sugar: 6.9 g/L

Vinification: Early harvest and fast yet gentle processing of the grapes is done to maintain the acidity, which is a very important characteristic of this vibrant and fresh wine. Gravity instead of pumping is used, cultivated yeast, 100% stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of pear and gooseberry on the nose. Vivid and refreshing on the palate.

2015 Vintage Notes: “January began with short-lived snow and cold temperatures. February and March were average for temperature and precipitation levels. The grape shoots sprouted 1 week later than the annual average. In May, the soils were not wet enough due to light precipitation, however the development of the vines was quite quick because of the mild temperatures during the day and night. This changed in July: because of the drought, Weingut Horst Sauer decided to use drip irrigation in the vineyards, using 1 million liters of water. Other vines were irrigated with an overhead sprinkling system which drew water from the Main river. This was the right decision, because there was also no rain in August. All of this made the 2015 vintage very similar to that of 2003, however the winemakers were very astonished about the acidity level in the juice-it was unexpectedly very low. For example, the Riesling wines with a must weight of around 100° had an acidity of 10 g/L. The harvest was easy – no stress, no hurry. The grapes were ripe and healthy and the yield was not lower than the other years due to the irrigation.”

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Silvaner QbA Trocken Escherndorfer BB

Appellation: Franken

Village: Escherndorf

Single Vineyard Site: Escherndorfer Lump

VDP Category: Village Wine

Soil: Muschelkalk /shell limestone

Harvest: Manually done, and early–harvest date for this vintage was September 12, 2015

Alcohol Content: 12%

Acidity Level: 6.4 g/L

Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/L

Vinification: The Village Wines are harvested quite early in order to get a low alcohol level of 12-12.5%.  The grapes are then processed quickly and gently to maintain the aromas; gravity instead of pumping is used, cultivated yeast, 100% stainless steel tanks

Tasting Notes: Aromas of apple and pear.  On the palate, the minerality of the Muschelkalk (shell limestone) soil is evident, complemented by an elegant acidity on the finish.

2015 Vintage Notes: “January began with short-lived snow and cold temperatures.  February and March were average for temperature and precipitation levels.  The grape shoots sprouted 1 week later than the annual average.  In May, the soils were not wet enough due to light precipitation, however the development of the vines was quite quick because of the mild temperatures during the day and night. This changed in July: because of the drought, Weingut Horst Sauer decided to use drip irrigation in the vineyards, using 1 million liters of water.  Other vines were irrigated with an overhead sprinkling system which drew water from the Main river.  This was the right decision, because there was also no rain in August.  All of this made the 2015 vintage very similar to that of 2003, however the winemakers were very astonished about the acidity level in the juice-it was unexpectedly very low.  For example, the Riesling wines with a must weight of around 100° had an acidity of 10 g/L.  The harvest was easy – no stress, no hurry.  The grapes were ripe and healthy and the yield was not lower than the other years due to the irrigation.”

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Silvaner S

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Appellation: Franken

Village: Escherndorf

Single Vineyard Site: Escherndorfer Lump

VDP Category: Erste Lage

Grape Varietal: 100% Silvaner

Soil: Muschelkalk (shell limestone)

Harvest: Manually done, and early–date of harvest for this vintage was September 20, 2015

Alcohol Content: 13%

Acidity Level: 6.7 g/L

Residual Sugar: 3.4 g/L

Vinification: The grapes are processed very gently; gravity instead of pumping is used; cultivated yeast; slow, temperature-controlled fermentation; stainless steel tanks

Aging: On the fine lies for 4-5 months

Tasting Notes: Aromas of red apple and ripe pear in the bouquet; salty, stony notes on the palate from the Muschelkalk (shell limestone) soil; well-balanced acidity

2015 Vintage Notes: “January began with short-lived snow and cold temperatures.  February and March were average for temperature and precipitation levels.  The grape shoots sprouted 1 week later than the annual average.  In May, the soils were not wet enough due to light precipitation, however the development of the vines was quite quick because of the mild temperatures during the day and night. This changed in July: because of the drought, Weingut Horst Sauer decided to use drip irrigation in the vineyards, using 1 million liters of water.  Other vines were irrigated with an overhead sprinkling system which drew water from the Main river.  This was the right decision, because there was also no rain in August.  All of this made the 2015 vintage very similar to that of 2003, however the winemakers were very astonished about the acidity level in the juice-it was unexpectedly very low.  For example, the Riesling wines with a must weight of around 100° had an acidity of 10 g/L.  The harvest was easy – no stress, no hurry.  The grapes were ripe and healthy and the yield was not lower than the other years due to the irrigation.”

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Silvaner GG

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Appellation: Franken

Village: Escherndorf

Single Vineyard Site: Escherndorfer am Lumpen

VDP Category: Großes Gewächs

Grape Varietal: 100% Silvaner

Soil: Muschelkalk (Shell limestone)

Harvest: Manually done, and early–harvest date for this vintage was October 2, 2015

Alcohol Content: 13%

Acidity Level: 6.8 g/L

Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/L

Vinification: The grapes are hand-selected in the vineyard to ensure only ripe and healthy grapes are picked; gentle processing: gravity instead of pumping, gentle pressing, fining through sedimentation, spontaneous fermentation

Aging: On the fine lies until the end of July

Tasting Notes: Mineral aromas; very well-balanced acidity-to-alcohol ratio; on the palate, there is strong minerality, complexity, and profundity, as well as ripe notes of apple and pear.

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Winzer Sommerach

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Philosophy:

The winemakers of Winzer Sommerach have had one credo which they have abided by since the winery was established in 1901: Unity is strength. At the beginning of the 20th century, 35 families, all steeped in viticulture for generations, came together out of economic necessity and founded Winzer Sommerach.  Since then, a common vision has determined the path of these wine-growing families. After a series of bad vintages, a hitherto unknown disease of the vine, and a complete lack of marketing opportunities, the needy families were confronted with the choice to either abandon their vineyards, or to summon their courage and pioneering spirit, and with the help of a community never before seen in Franconia, create a better livelihood. Today we pay tribute to all the families out of respect, who, despite an uncertain future, have established the oldest wine cooperative in Franken. An imposing northward-facing stone gable from the old days continues to characterize the old town, reminding the winemakers of their roots, which informs their actions today. The winemakers of Winzer Sommerach are steeped in tradition, but at the same time, they are open-minded and innovative. The past is linked to the future at this winery. Fast-moving trends are passed over in favor of sustainable methods. Even if “genuine craftsmanship” sounds like a concept from the distant past, it perfectly describes the approach of the 90 winemaking families to their work, and is a guarantee of lasting success. This philosophy has passed from generation to generation, with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, driving ambition to be among the best in the industry, and lastly, love of the work. This dedication to the art of winemaking is what makes the estate of Winzer Sommerach truly unique. The skill of the winemaker in conjunction with the terroir are responsible for the quality of a wine, and the winemakers are very grateful to be able to continue the work of their founding fathers with great potential for the future.

The Town of Sommerach:

The direct translation of Sommerach is “The place on the sunny side of the river.” As far back as the 11th century, the Sommeracher Wines were singled in documents of the time for their exquisite quality. Proud town houses and quaint half-timbered homes form a baroque, picture-book scenery. A few steps from the town center, one will encounter the imposing historic gables of the Winzerkeller, which impressively characterize the lifestyle and atmosphere of this picturesque village and its wineries. Almost every ancestral family in the village has a family-owned vineyard, and have over the generations preserved their wine-making knowledge and experience.

The Terroir:

The composition of the soil, the bedrock, the exposure, and the microclimate of a vineyard are just some of the natural factors which work together to produce an excellent grape harvest, resulting in unique wines that beautifully express their terroir. Of equal importance is the influence of the winemaker, who uses the knowledge that has been passed down to him or her from generation to generation.

At the bend in the Main River, the soils are formed from the weathering of the upper Muschelkalk (sedimentary rock strata) and are dependent on their location next to the Main River, but also on deposits of Flugsanden (very fine, wind-transported sand). In the Steigerwälder vineyards, the soil is characterized by Gipskeuper rock, which especially in Iphofen is permeated by gypsum layers.

The Grape Varietals:

Silvaner, Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Bacchus, Kerner, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer, Rieslaner, Grauer Burgunder, Weißer Burgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Schwarzriesling, Spätburgunder, Domina, Regent, Cabernet

The Vineyards:

Sommeracher Katzenkopf and Rosenberg, Escherndorfer Lump and Fürstenberg, Volkacher Ratsherr, Obereisenheimer Höll, Iphöfer Kalb, Wiebelsberger Dachs, Kammerforster Teufel, and Oberschwarzacher Steige

Sommeracher Katzenkopf

Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings. At the heart of the Katzenkopf is probably the best section, the Wilm and Gewann, which still refer to the winery as Kösterei and which is mentioned in a deed from the year 1084. The Bamberg provost Ulrich gave the Münsterschwarzach Monastery some vineyards in Sommerach, an event which provides documentary proof that Katzenkopf has been the land of excellent wine for centuries.  Depending on where you are in the mountains, the thickness and composition of the ground varies above the sedimentary rock strata, or “Muschelkalk.” At the foot of the slope, the soil is light, deep, and marked by the sediment of the Maine River. This part of the vineyard is ideal for aromatic wines, especially the Traminer, which is planted at the point in Katzenkopf where the valley is at its narrowest. In the middle of the slope the base is weaker, and the easily heatable marly clay soil is permeated by a limestone skeleton. Above all, this area offers excellent local conditions for complex Silvaner, but the soil also gives the Burgundian varietals a tense filigree and a special mineral character.

The wines from the Katzenkopf are enchanting with their juicy flavors of yellow fruit, luster, and length with a mineral core which makes the wines durable and viable. These characteristics are alluded to in the “Historical Statistical Descriptions of Hochstift Würzburg” from 1802: “… in this country are the best wines of Escherndorfer, Eivelstädter, Randersackerer, Sommeracher and the famous Callmuth ..” All these wines have “this particular quality that it has good length and will always get better with time.”

Escherndorfer Lump

Breathtakingly steep, almost dizzying, the rows of vines grow behind the village of Escherndorf from the valley up to the highest point. The Lump frames the winegrowing village like a concave mirror and, by its clear southern exposure, fully catches the sun’s rays to advantage. The location is marked by a fertile, slightly deep marly limestone clay, which is penetrated by sedimentary rock. There, the Riesling and the Silvaner vines find a comfortable home. The wines from the Lump are always characterized by a particularly rich finesse, straightforwardness, nerve, depth, and mineral elegance. A great Lump takes time! After one to two years maturity, the nose reaches absolute perfection.

Wiebelsberger Dachs

Gentle hills rise in a small microclimatic niche behind the village. Surrounding the vineyard are the forests of the Steigerwald Nature Park which protect the vines from cold winds. Wiebelsberger Dachs has a southward facing situation on the vast Frankish plain. In winter, when all the surrounding hills are still covered in snow, it is always impressive to see the snow begin to melt when the sun shines on the slope of the Dachs. The silty clay of the Dachs’ soil was formed by the weathering of the lower Gipskeuper rock. The ground is hard, but rich in nutrients and has great storage capacity for moisture which is necessary for the long, dry summer months. This soil produces concentrated, aromatic grapes that are small and golden yellow in color, and are harvested from nearly thirty years old Silvaner vineyards. The red wine varietal, Domina, also finds its home in Dachs which produces deep, dark, expressive grapes. The wines from the Wiebelsberger Dachs are identifiable by their typical Keuper spice, a flavor that is reminiscent of herbs and moist soil; they are full-bodied, muscular, and have a pronounced aromatic depth.

Iphöfer Kalb

A stone’s throw away from Schwanberg are the somewhat steep slopes about Iphofen on the southern end of the Steigerwald ridge. The Iphöfer Kalb is characterized by a gravelly shalestone clay that was formed by the weathering of the Gipskeuper rock. Unique to this vineyard are the gypsum lumps; these come from naturally occurring gypsum deposits which at first glance call to mind white marble. The soil is permeated by a gritty stone skeleton and at the steepest parts of the slope, the vines require several years for the roots to take hold and make their way through the stone layers. In the steep, leaner areas of Kalb, the winemakers have planted Riesling, while the gentler and deeper plots are excellent locations for Silvaner and Domina. The Gipskeuper gives the Kalb wines the characteristic Steigerwälder aromas, as well as a fine elegance and minerality.

The Families and their Vineyards

90 families currently manage 196 ha of vineyards. 10 families live mainly on the estate with their vineyards. As for the remaining families, wine production is a secondary occupation for them and offers an important additional source of income in this rural region.


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Echerndorfer Lump, Riesling Spatlese

The Vineyard: The famous Franconian winemaking village of Escherndorf is located directly on the Volkacher Mainschleife and is surrounded by well-known vineyards. The ridge of Escherndorfer Lump surrounds the village Escherndorf in a wide arc and opens out to the south. The vines are therefore protected from the cold winter winds, and the sun’s rays are perfectly captured in the vineyard. The steep hillside, the fertile limestone soil in which the vines grow, and the strong sunlight form a mild, warm basin with a Mediterranean microclimate that leads to the distinctive wine style of the wines from the Escherndorfer Lump.

Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/l

Acidity: 7.7 g/l 


Grauburgunder QBA Trocken Saint Valentin

sommerach-graubu-valentin-2010-grossThe Vineyard: The vineyards of the members comprise some 170 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers, for example, cat’s head , and Rosenberg (Sommerach), and badger (Wiebelsberg). The white wines clearly dominate with 90%, the most important are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Traminer and Scheurebe. The red grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Regent and Domina. The wines are aged up to 90% dry or semi-dry.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc

ABV: 12.5 %

Residual Sugar: 6.7 g/l

Acidity: 6.0 g/l

Tasting Notes: The St. Valentin’s Edition Grauburgunder boasts elegant way in the nose and on the tongue. Immediately reminded of this edition St. Valentin Grauburgunder of local fruits as pears and plums. But even some Mediterranean fruit are heard. This is particularly noticeable the lemon. With its great fresh and uncomplicated way he makes many connoisseurs to his friends.The Valentin Frizzante Pinot Gris is dry, the great experience that comes from the producers of wine in Sommerach francs. The St. Valentin’s Edition Grauburgunder confident in almost every occasion. A classic in which your guests will be amazed!


Sommeracher Katzenkopf  Domina QBA Trocken BB

Domina qba TrockenThe Vineyard: The vineyards of the members comprise some 170 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers, for example, cat’s head , and Rosenberg (Sommerach), and badger (Wiebelsberg). The white wines clearly dominate with 90%, the most important are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Traminer and Scheurebe. The red grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Regent and Domina. The wines are aged up to 90% dry or semi-dry.

Varietal Composition: 100% Domina

ABV: 12.8%

Residual Sugar: 4.0 g/l

Acidity: 4.7 g/l

Tasting Notes: The Domina dry comes from the vineyard Sommeracher cat’s head and was developed with great care by the flagship producer Winzerkeller Sommerach. Its color is dark red. The smell is reminiscent of a fruit salad with mostly red fruits and makes every sip you want more.The Sommeracher Katzenkopf Domination is a fruity, dry, dry red wine of Winzerkeller Sommerach that fits very well with roasted meats of all kinds, and also as an evening companion for interesting conversation in good company makes a good figure.


Katzenkopf  Muller-Thurgau QBA Trocken BB

muller-thurgauThe Vineyard: The vineyards of the members comprise some 170 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers, for example, cat’s head , and Rosenberg (Sommerach), and badger (Wiebelsberg). The white wines clearly dominate with 90%, the most important are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Traminer and Scheurebe. The red grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Regent and Domina. The wines are aged up to 90% dry or semi-dry.

Varietal Composition: 100% Muller-Thurgau

ABV: 13%

Residual Sugar: 5.6 g/l

Acidity: 5.5 g/l

Tasting Notes: Bright straw yellow of the Müller-Thurgau wine Sommerach appear in the glass. The nose shows the Müller-Thurgau a variety of bright local and tropical fruits. On the tongue, the Müller-Thurgau delivers what it promises in the nose. The Sommeracher Katzenkopf Müller-Thurgau is a classic of winemakers Sommerach and convinces with its finesse and typical echoes of Müller-Thurgau Muscat flavors. 


Sommeracher Katzenkopf Silvaner Spätlese Trocken BB

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Overview: This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. Here you will find both Kabinett and Spatlese wines, which can be powerful and dry, or playful and fruity. These vines are among the best and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards.  In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect for their vines and are true stewards of the land.

The Vineyard: Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.

Tasting Notes: Our Katzenkopf Silvaner Spätlese smells of ripe pineapple, pear, and melon. On the palate, it is initially fruity, but has a mineral finish, is very rich in extracts, and wonderfully juicy with good length. We enjoy this Spätlese with roasted veal or different variations of asparagus, and also trout filled with spinach. It harmonizes perfectly with fish, crustaceans, and appetizers.

Quality Level: Spätlese

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Residual Sugar: 4.2 g/L

Acidity: 6.8 g/L

Serving Temperature: 7-10 °C


Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Trocken BB

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Overview: This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. Here you will find both Kabinett and Spatlese wines, which can be powerful and dry, or playful and fruity. These vines are among the best and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards.  In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect for their vines and are true stewards of the land.

The Vineyard: Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.

Tasting Notes: Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Trocken is a Frankish masterpiece. The bouquet is inspiring with notes of ripe apple, pear, plum.  The taste is juicy and almost melts on the palate, combining with its lovely minerality.  This wine pairs beautifully with fish and shellfish, dishes with asparagus, stews, and white meat.

Quality Level: Kabinett

Alcohol Content: 11.5%    

Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L    

Acidity: 6.0 g/L    

Serving Temperature: 7-10°C

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Katzenkopf Silvaner QBA Trocken BB

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Overview: This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. Here you will find both Kabinett and Spatlese wines, which can be powerful and dry, or playful and fruity. These vines are among the best and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards.  In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect for their vines and are true stewards of the land.

The Vineyard: Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.

Tasting Notes: Ripe yellow fruit permeate the bouquet, while the palate has shades of apple and pear, and subtle nuances of herbs–just as a Silvaner should be! When paired with classic asparagus dishes, fresh fish, or roast rabbit with tarragon, this wine will sing.

Quality Level: German quality wine

Alcohol Content: 11.5%

Residual Sugar: 5.3 g/L

Acidity: 6.1 g/L

Serving Temperature: 7-10 °C


Sommeracher Katzenkopf  Spatburgunder QBA Trocken BB

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Overview: This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. Here you will find both Kabinett and Spatlese wines, which can be powerful and dry, or playful and fruity. These vines are among the best and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards.  In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect for their vines and are true stewards of the land.

The Vineyard: Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.

Tasting Notes: The Sommeracher Katzenkopf Pinot Noir offers a spicy cherry bouquet. The taste is characterized by soft tannins and juicy fruit, its solid structure flirts with a velvety texture. The ideal companion for roasted goose breast with red cabbage, game, and aged cheeses.

Quality Level: QbA

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/L

Acidity: 4.8 g/L

Serving Temperature: 15-18 °C


Sommeracher Katzenkopf Weissburgunder Spätlese Trocken BB

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Overview: This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. Here you will find both Kabinett and Spatlese wines, which can be powerful and dry, or playful and fruity. These vines are among the best and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards.  In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect for their vines and are true stewards of the land.

The Vineyard: Katzenkopf (“cat’s head”), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.

Tasting Notes: Powerful, bulky, and intense, but at the same time elegant and multifaceted. The complex aromas paired with a long-lasting, schmelzigen finish. Seductive bouquet of banana, caramel, vanilla, honey, and ripe pears.  This Pinot Blanc is excellent with hearty dishes, Rahmbraten, or foie gras.  This is one of the top wines of Franconia.  It is recommended to keep this wine in the cellar for 1-2 years.

Quality Level: Spätlese

Alcohol Content: 14.0%

Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/L 

Acidity: 5.4 g/L

Serving Temperature: 7-10 °C


Weissburgunder QBA Trocken Saint Valentine

ValentinThe Vineyard: The vineyards of the members comprise some 170 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers, for example, cat’s head , and Rosenberg (Sommerach), and badger (Wiebelsberg). The white wines clearly dominate with 90%, the most important are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Traminer and Scheurebe. The red grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Regent and Domina. The wines are aged up to 90% dry or semi-dry.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc

ABV: 14 %

Residual Sugar: 3.3 g/l

Acidity: 5.6 g/l

Tasting Notes: The St. Valentine Edition White Burgundy boasts a charming way in the nose and on the tongue. It has to smell the feel of a basket of domestic Sommeracher fruits. This nose is reminiscent of peach, citrus and apples from orchards. But even some Mediterranean fruit are heard. This is particularly striking, the yellow and green melon. With his youthful and fresh way he makes many connoisseurs to his friends, yet is a dry wine and strong character.The Valentin Frizzante Pinot Blanc is dry, the elegant experience that comes from the top producers Sommerach winery in Franconia. The White Burgundy convinced almost every occasion and could soon become your favorite wines. 


Sommeracher Katzenkopf Weissburgunder Kabinett Trocken BB

4416_Weissburgunder_Kabinett_trocken_ohne_JGThe Vineyard: The vineyards of the members comprise some 170 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers, for example, cat’s head , and Rosenberg (Sommerach), and badger (Wiebelsberg). The white wines clearly dominate with 90%, the most important are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Traminer and Scheurebe. The red grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Regent and Domina. The wines are aged up to 90% dry or semi-dry.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc

ABV: 11.7 %

Residual Sugar: 5.4 g/l

Acidity: 6.6 g/l

Tasting Notes: This Pinot Blanc dry cabinet comes from the known location Sommeracher Sommeracher cat head and was expanded by the vintners Sommerach carefully. Its flavors of local and tropical fruits show up pure and fine in the nose, the flavor itself sets this flavor profile continues on the tongue. This dry-developed Sommeracher Katzenkopf Pinot (Pinot Blanc) of the cabinet dry Winzerkeller Sommerach is an ideal accompaniment to white meat, and fish dishes. This Franconian wine is recommended as without food than wine for special occasions.


Sommeracher Katzenkopf Riesling Kabinett Trocken BB

Riesling_Kabinett_trocken_ohne_JGAlcohol: 11.5% vol.
Residual sugar: 5.9 g / l
Acidity: 7,3 g / l
Location: Summer Katzenkopf
Grape: Riesling
Taste: dry