Dr. Bürklin-Wolf / Fam. Bürklin
White wines 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).
Château Les Valentines
Not far from the picturesque towns of Nice and Saint-Tropez, the owners of Château Les Valentines, Gilles and Pascale Pons, produce wines that reflect the summery lightness and intense sensuality of the beautiful Provence countryside.
Bodega Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios
He was born 'at home', right above his father's bodega. The scent of wine and barrels must have been lying in the air and thus dictated his further life. He studied oenology in Bordeaux and gathered professional experience at the Château Pétrus, and in London, Dublin, and California. Today, he owns vines in the Priorat county, in Bierzo, and at home in the Rioja, and proves his extraordinary talent with premium wines year after year.
Sometimes life is full of surprises. The Lebanese Asseily family experienced this first-hand when they became the owners of Château Biac as if by accident in 2006. They regularly spent their summer holidays near Biac, but never would they have dreamt that they would own and manage this wonderful property themselves one day. It’s a fascinating story that Tony and Youmna Asseily are happy to share over a glass of their wine.