Andreas und Regina Stigler
30% Spätburgunder, 17% Grauburgunder, 15% Weissburgunder, 14% Riesling sowie Chardonnay, Silvaner, Traminer, Sauvignon und Chenin Blanc
VDP: What is so special about your wine estate?
Andreas Stigler: Visually, it is our beautiful winery surrounded by vineyard. We are the fourth family generation to manage the wine estate and with Maximillian, the fifth is at the starting blocks.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Andreas Stigler: We put nature into a bottle, cultivate tradition and adapt it to the future with innovation.
VDP: To what wine style to you aspire?
Andreas Stigler: Lean, concentrated, elegant, mineral – wines that whet the appetite for a second glass.
VDP: Do you have favourite grape varieties?
Andreas and Regina Stigler: Riesling and Silvaner.
Maximilian: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Andreas Stigler: Our red and white Pinots from the Kaiserstuhl, Silvaner from the village Ihringen, and Riesling as a regional wine.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Andreas Stigler: Of the VORDERER WINKLERBERG Spätburgunder GG Backöfele – a superb, filigree Pinot Noir with a long finish from one of the warmest vineyards in Germany – hence the name “Backöfele”, which means “little oven”.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Maximilian Stigler: It's creative. It is handicraft. You actually face new challenges every day and at the same time there is this continuity when everything repeats itself year after year. So it's probably just the versatility of the winemaking profession that drives me every day. And of course the pride to continue the family tradition together with my parents.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Maximilian Stigler: Firstly, my parents. In addition, there are also many great wines that inspire me.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Andreas Stigler: To preserve and further develop the high wine quality at our estate and make German wine even better known in the world!
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Andreas Stigler: It is important to combine the positive factors of tradition with new insights and ways to adapt to climate change, such as introducing varieties like Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for new plantings.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Andreas Stigler: Freiburg with its “Bächle” is nearby. We are located in the border triangle of France, Switzerland and Germany with its wide range of culinary delights. And here on the Kaiserstuhl we have extraordinary Mediterranean flora and fauna that are definitely worth discovering.