Weingut Egon Schäffer GbR
Astheimer Straße 17
Office HoursMo-Sa 10.00-18.00
Peter und Sophie Schäffer
44% Silvaner, 22% Müller-Thurgau, 15% Riesling sowie Schwarzriesling, Weissburgunder, Bacchus und Spätburgunder
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Peter Schäffer: Our family was first documented in Escherndorf in 1524. In this village, which lies on the steep slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump directly on the Main River, one could do nothing other than grow wine. We are the 4th generation to bottle and market our own wines and we have always focussed on dry wines.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Peter Schäffer: Environmentally friendly viticulture out of great respect for the cultural heritage of wine and nature. We practice “conscientious idleness” in the cellar, as our great idol Hans-Günter Schwarz once succinctly put it.
VDP: To which wine style do you aspire? Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Peter Schäffer: Our favourite grape variety is Silvaner, because no other variety is a better medium for the shell limestone soils of our home. We want our wines to express our homeland and soils with precision. That is why we do not use cultured yeasts, enzymes. etc.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Peter Schäffer: Our Escherndorf Silvaner VDP.ORTSWEIN, because it perfectly demonstrates our unadulterated style and expression of soil and vintage.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Peter Schäffer: Of our 2011 Escherndorfer Lump S7LVANER dry. It was aged over 7 years, 5 years of which were in large wooden barrels. We just wanted to find out how Silvaner matures in the barrel!
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Peter Schäffer: Because our family has grown wine for a very long time, we have passed it on from one generation to the next. We can’t imagine a better profession.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Peter Schäffer: To further increase the proportion of wooden barrels and gradually convert to organic cultivation.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Peter Schäffer: We exclusively produce traditional dry Franken wine from typical regional grape varieties. We try to save energy with new machines on the one hand and on the other hand, protect the soil, vines and our wine in our cellar.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Peter Schäffer: The whole Mainschleife (Main River Bend), our home, is always worth a visit. Firstly, it produces the best wines of Franken. It is also one of the most beautiful areas in Franken and offers picturesque meadows, historic winegrowing villages, vineyards and fruit orchards on steep and gentle slopes.
Photos: Peter Bender