30% Spätburgunder, 40% Grauburgunder, 20% Weißburgunder, 8% Chardonnay, 2% Müller-Thurgau
VDP: What is so special about your wine estate?
Josef Michel: We concentrate exclusively on the Pinot varieties. With the VDP.GROSSEN LAGE® SCHLOSSBERG we cultivate wine in a top vineyard site that is just as well-known as it is admired.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Josef Michel: We have over 80 different vineyard plots. All are tended as individually as possible, with the aim of producing unique terroir wines. We dedicate ourselves to each of them with the same passion, this applies to a VDP.GUTSWEIN just as it does to a VDP.GROSSE LAGE®.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Josef Michel: Take a sip or a whole bottle of Achkarren Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris) VDP.ORTSWEIN.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Josef Michel: Two reasons led me to establish the Michel Winery with the support of my parents at the age of 20. One, there was the attraction of independence, to stand on my own feet. Two, it is simply exciting and a real challenge to be responsible for the entire process from planting the vines and cultivating the vineyards to vinification and distribution.
VDP: To which wine style do you aspire?
Josef Michel: A unique style that reflects each origin. Our wines should be powerful and expressive, but also have finesse. The Pinot varieties are naturally close to my heart.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Josef Michel: Joachim Heger and Bernhard Huber. Both are absolute quality fanatics and visionary entrepreneurs.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Josef Michel: Among other things, to further establish our winery in the VDP
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Josef Michel: I am generally open to new ideas. When something new convinces me – and only then – do I implement it.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Josef Michel: In terms of landscape, the Kaiserstuhl is spectacular. Combined with a wine tasting and superb food – for what more could you ask?