25% Spätburgunder, 21% Grauburgunder, 19% Weissburgunder, 15% Auxerrois sowie Chardonnay, Riesling, Muskateller und Müller-Thurgau
Löss- und Lösslehmböden mit anstehendem Kalkmergel
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Markus Wöhrle: We have been certified organic since 1991.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Markus Wöhrle: Respect for the environment and nature is our guiding principle. We rely on an intact ecosystem in which natural life cycles promote the vitality of flora and fauna. The grapes ripen on vines rooted in healthy, vital vineyard soils, which have considerable influence on the unique character of our wines.
VDP: To which wine style do you aspire?
Markus Wöhrle: Our wines show minerality and origin. They move in a field of tension between strength and freshness, complexity and drinkability.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Markus Wöhrle: I would recommend trying our Auxerrois VDP.ORTSWEIN (village wine). The variety has been cultivated in our vineyards since the mid-1950s and is now grown on approximately 2 hectares. A fine, restrained wine with an elegant, juicy structure. It’s speciality of our winery.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Markus Wöhrle: There are a few of them. The positive consumer awareness of our development in the vinification of our Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Chardonnay is something that really pleases us.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Markus Wöhrle: I grew into my parents’ winery in a natural way. I witnessed and experienced the positive experiences that you can gain from working with nature, wine cultivation and customer contact. There was no alternative for me!
VDP: Do you have role models?
Markus Wöhrle: At the beginning of my career, Hans-Günter Schwarz was very influential. My four years at his side at the Müller-Catoir wine estate showed me the potential grapes can have. From the highest quality Kabinett wines to dry wines and noble sweet wine specialties.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Markus Wöhrle: To face the difficult climatic conditions of the future and to cope with them. Be it on the winegrowing side with fungal diseases, new animal pests, extreme weather events or the earlier and faster harvesting of grapes.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Markus Wöhrle: One can often profit from tradition and the experience of older generations. However, one should not close oneself to innovations and face the new challenges of each year. We perpetually tweak our strategies to get closer to our ideal of perfect wine. In this, the melding of tradition and innovation becomes self-evident.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Markus Wöhrle: The location of our vineyards in the foothills of the Black Forest has something special about it. If you stand on our local mountain and look into the Rhine Plain, you become overwhelmed by a powerful feeling while viewing the Kaiserstuhl to the south, the Vosges Mountains to the west, Strasbourg to the north and the Black Forest to the east!