Office HoursDi bis Fr 11.00-18.00 Uhr (in Tiefenbach am Mühlberg 3)
Weingüter Heitlinger und Burg Ravensburg GmbH -Herr Heinz Heiler
50% Riesling , 25% Lemberger, 10 % Weissburgunder, 10 % Spätburgunder
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Claus Burmeister: The Burg Ravensburg winery is one of the oldest wineries in the world, first mentioned in documents dating 1251. The viticultural heart of the winery lies directly below the castle: the three monopole vineyards HUSARENKAPPE, LÖCHLE and DICKER FRANZ, each classified as a VDP.GROSSE LAGE®. The winery was probably one of the first to plant Blaufränkisch in Germany and Riesling in Baden.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Claus Burmeister: Biodynamic viticulture – with 750 years of living viticultural history behind it.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Claus Burmeister: Exclusively dry wines that speak of the region, the grape variety, the vintage, and the vineyard.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Claus Burmeister: HUSARENKAPPE Riesling GG and DICKER FRANZ Blaufränkisch GG.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Claus Burmeister: Of HUSARENKAPPE Riesling GG!
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Claus Burmeister: I grew up in the vineyards and with wine; my father was the winery director before me. The love of nature and wine comes naturally all by itself.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Claus Burmeister: My father and Count Neipperg.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Claus Burmeister: Taking the Weissburgunder from Kraichgau out into the world.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Claus Burmeister: We work hard in the vineyard and leave our wines alone in the cellar. We avoid technology where unnecessary and use it where it makes sense. For example, we work more with large wooden barrels again. The oak for the barrels is felled in the Kraichgau forest. A new method is the photo-optical sorting of grapes for perfect fruit to ferment. We still abstain from mechanical harvesting.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Claus Burmeister: Because of the castle and the wonderful landscape for hiking. The Maulbronn Monastery, Bruchsal Castle, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe are also not far away.
Pictures: © VDP.Estates Heitlinger & Burg Ravensburg, FINE - Das Weinmagazin by Manuel Debas