“THE EXPANSION OF THE CELLAR SHOULDN’T OBSCURE THE CORE OF THE BUILDING’S ORIGINS.”
PAUL WELTNER SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WINES AND WINE ESTATE IN RÖDELSEE
Wiesenbronner Straße 17
Office HoursMo-Fr 9.00-12.00, 13.30-18.00; Sa 10.00-15.00
60% Sylvaner sowie u.a. Riesling, Weiss- & Spätburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Scheurebe, Sauvignon Blanc
Gipskeuper mit Schilfsandstein und Dolomit, toniger Mergel
- Wine in Moderation
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Paul Weltner: We are the oldest winery in Rödelsee, now in its 4th generation. And we manage to create an inimitable classic from a special climatic niche of the Schwanberg in the VDP.ERSTE LAGE® KÜCHENMEISTER. Savoury-spicy, expressive and elegant wines grow here in a south-westerly aspect on the Gipskeuper formation with estheria and myophoria fossil layers. Particularly Sylvaner, which occupies 60 % of our estate’s vineyard area, produces inimitable, fine wines with tremendous ageing potential.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Paul Weltner: Environmentally friendly cultivation with attentive handcraft and sensitivity for the vines and healthy, vital soils. For us, this is the foundation for lively, unique wines.
VDP: To what wine style do you aspire?
Paul Weltner: Fine wines that distinctly reflect their origins – finesse and intrinsic concentration are united in the wines of the Schwanberg. Of course, our favourite variety is Sylvaner.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Paul Weltner: The Silvaner VDP.GUTSWEIN is a great demonstration of how much fun a fully fermented wine can be. A wine that excels with extract and shows how much is already found in a Sylvaner of this category.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Paul Weltner: KITCHENMEISTER Sylvaner GG is such an icon wine that you can only inherit in such a family. This wonderful multi-layered, ever-changing, vibrant wine fascinates again each year with new fine facets.
“THE VDP.GUTSWEIN SYLVANER IS LIKE A RAMONES SONG – IT GRABS YOU, SPINS YOU AROUND FOR 1.20 MINUTES, AND THEN YOU JUST LOOK FOR THE REPEAT BUTTON.”
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Paul Weltner: After a gradual introduction to the profession, everything outside Franken appeared more interesting. I discovered juicy and fruity wines and wanted to break with the local style at a young age. And then, from a distance I began to appreciate the unique attributes of the Franken style!
VDP: Do you have role models or mentors?
Paul Weltner: People who are open to new things and interested in life have always been inspiring. I’m quickly bored with thinking inside the box.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Paul Weltner: To retire. :)
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Paul Weltner: I find traditions exciting – to see how our fathers and grandfathers, who had a completely different view of nature, dealt with things. Still, you have to take a close look at these traditions and translate them into the new times. Just like we did with the Bocksbeutel. With a narrow label we don’t accentuate the curves, but instead stretch them out.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Paul Weltner: From Schwanberg, the highest elevation in the Franken wine region, you have a marvellous, expansive view. You can experience sensational sunsets in the southwest orientation of the Küchenmeister vineyard – preferably with a glass of Küchenmeister Sylvaner at hand.
VDP: If your wine were music, what would it be?
Paul Weltner: The VDP.GUTSWEIN Sylvaner is like a Ramones song - it grabs you, spins you around for 1.20 minutes, and then you just look for the repeat button! The single-vineyard Sylvaner is then more like a jazz piece - finer, quieter, more playful. He improvises in the middle section and drifts down in quiet tones - but at the end he always comes back to the point.
Photos: Peter Bender