Dr. Bürklin-Wolf / Fam. Bürklin
White wines from Dr. Bürklin-Wolf / Fam. Bürklin
Sweet wines from Dr. Bürklin-Wolf / Fam. Bürklin
from Dr. Bürklin-Wolf / Fam. Bürklin
The Pfalz (Palatinate) region is often, and rightfully, called the German „Tuscany", where even the Romans felt very much at home. A mild climate prevails under the protection of the local forests, which allows almond, fig, pine and cypress trees to thrive and also grant the landscapes with a Mediterranean touch.
The tradition at the Bürklin-Wolf winery dates back to 1597 and is today lead by Bettina Bürklin-von Guradze. The spacious and prestigious estate can be found in charming Wachenheim on the wine route. Visitors are always welcome for a tasting at the Vinotek (www.buerklin-wolf.de). The vineyards, mostly planted with Riesling, are located around Wachenheim and the surrounding villages on parcels baring odd names like Ungeheuer (Ogre) or Gerümpel (Junk).
A particularity of Pfalz is the fantastic diversity of the terroir. When one knows how important the origin is for the quality of a wine (and especially for the Riesling), the domain decided to follow a Burgundy pattern to define their parcels. The most exclusive ones are the Grand Crus (G.C.), which allow the real personality of a wine to develop during its long and fascinating life. The wines from the precious Premiers Crus (P.C.) reflect their origins and are just as unique, though less exclusive, as their Grand Crus counterparts.
Bettina Bürklin-von Guradze sees the use of the biodynamic agriculture as the winery's best tool to express the specific properties of each appellation of origin. Also the simpler local wines and the much-loved Gutsriesling, which originates from different parcels, receive the same care and attention. The winery is part of the Syndicat International des Vignerons en Culture Bio-Dynamique (Biodyvin) and gets its certification since 2005. The Pfalz has much to offer when it comes to cultural landmarks, recreation in the free nature and, of course, countless oenology and culinary places of interest. The nearby Restaurant Hofgut Ruppertsberg is an address one simply shouldn't ignore (www.dashofgut.com).
At a young age, Jack Schlatter travelled from Switzerland to Dallas in the 1950s to work in the cotton trade. He later moved to Mexico and São Paulo (as a coffee tester) and back to Zurich to develop the cotton business in the Eastern bloc. But he always had one foot in Dallas and entered the real estate business there. The wine business also appealed to him early on. But it was a while before he met Bill Harlan, the owner of Merryvale.
Weingut Ratzenberger / Fam. Ratzenberger
The most beautiful way of traveling to Bacharach on the Rhine is by boat, passing the famous Loreley cliff. To the left and right of the Middle Rhine, medieval castles and picturesque villages follow in quick succession. Bacharach is one of the most beautiful towns in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once there, the locality of Steeg can be reached on foot within half an hour or by car in just five minutes.
G. is set to become the Premier Cru or First Growth of the Cape – THE iconic wine of South Africa. Not because it builds on centuries of tradition and history – but the exact opposite, in fact.