Schmittmann Straße 30
Office HoursMo-Fr 8.00-12.00, 13.00-18.00; Mai-Okt: Sa-So, feiertags 10.00-18.00; Nov-Apr: Sa-So 10.00-15.00, feiertags geschlossen
Ludwig Kreuzberg und Albert Schamaun
70% Spätburgunder, 11% Frühburgunder, 6% Dornfelder sowie Cabernet, Portugieser & Regent
devonisches Schiefergestein, Löss, Lehm, Grauwacke
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Frank Josten: Of our nine vineyard hectares, seven hectares are steep to extremely steep. We also have nine vineyards in the Ahr that are classified as VDP.GROSSE LAGE®! Our methods of vinification are traditional; we only use wooden barrels and spontaneous fermentation. In the vineyard, 100 percent of the grapes are harvested by hand.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Frank Josten: We strive to vinify red wines of the highest quality that are full of character and speak of their terroir. To achieve this, our vineyards are cultivated environmentally friendly. Quality takes precedence over quantity. What nature gives us is meticulously bottled in the cellar with the most careful handling of grapes and wine.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Frank Josten: Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Frühburgunder (Pinot Noir Précoce) with elegance, finesse, fine fruit, and ageing potential.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Frank Josten: “Unplugged” and “Devonschiefer”: typical Ahr-Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) from slate slopes.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Frank Josten: We are proud of our entire collection!
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Frank Josten: Out of tradition, passion and emotion.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Frank Josten: To establish ourselves in the league of the best Frühburgunder (Pinot Noir Précoce) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) producers.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Frank Josten: Traditional maturation old Fuder (1000-litre wooden barrels) and in barrique – that’s our idea of a perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Frank Josten: Because of its central location in the beautiful Ahr Valley. And because of our Strausswirtschaft (winery tavern), which is open from mid-June to the end of October.