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).
Luddite Wines / Fam. Verburg & Meyer
Niels Verburg is one of those people who you immediately want to befriend. With his imposing stature and beaming smile, he stands out and magically draws people in.
Château Raymond Lafon
Located in the heart of the Sauternes area, this winery comprises 18 hectares, 16 of which planted with 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The maximum yield by law is 25 hectolitres per hectare. The yields at Raymond-Lafon average only 8 to 10 hectolitres per hectare; in other words, one vine will produce only one glass of delicious wine. Over several pickings, the grapes are harvested one by one according to their level of maturity. In some years, this can result in up to ten selected hand harvests. This alone lets one appreciate the great value of this wine.