VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Winery Adam: Our winery in its current form has only existed since the 2000 vintage. After our grandparents lacked the family continuity after generations of viticulture, we grandsons have gradually given the winery new splendor and revived the vineyards of the Dhroner Hofberg. Forgotten, but still present was the monopoly site Dhroner Häs'chen. The steep terraces of the Mosel bank pile up powerfully. With the 2014 vintage, the time had come: our portfolio of sites was expanded by one site in sole ownership.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Winery Adam: We want to bring wines into the Moselschlegel bottle that are never loud or superficial. Tasteful terroir is often a much discussed topic for great wines. An approach between myth and faith. We believe that we can bring a unique character to the glass with our handwork, old vines and the soils of our vineyards.
VDP: Which wine style do you strive for? Do you have a favorite grape variety?
Winery Adam: Our variety of wines can be described as not very creative - but serious and genuine! Riesling is for us the most important vine in the Mosel valley. We also believe that our still young Pinot Noir vineyards have a lot to offer in the future.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Winery Adam: One of our estate wines. They are perfect for a meeting with friends, a picnic, a barbecue or an excursion. To really get to know our wine style we recommend the local wine from Dhron. It is the perfect link between everyday wines and the rare site wines.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Adam Winery: Our favorite wine... We are often asked this question by our customers. It does not really exist. For us it is important that no wine gets out of line and that all of them complement the vintage collection at a high level.
VDP: Why did you become a winemaker?
Winery Adam: It must be in your genes. Just Genuine Moselaner! In the beginning it should be something businesslike for both of us. Then everything turned out differently. The daily bus ride to school in Trier, 30 km away, which took us past the many vineyards, stayed in our heads. Our curiosity to start something homeland-connected and tangible was stirred. We can still make good use of the business and economic knowledge we learned in our winery today.
VDP:Do you have role models, mentors?
Adam Winery: Without the active support and the old knowledge of our grandparents, we would probably have failed right from the start.
Andreas: Nik Weis and Hermann Jostock from the VDP. Weingut St. Urbanshof and Reinhard Löwenstein from the VDP. Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein gave me the knowledge about vineyard care, cellar work and the awareness of really great terroir.
Barbara: I learned a lot during my internship at the VDP. Fritz Keller winery in Baden and during my internship with the VDP. Winery Keller in Rheinhessen. But most of all I was influenced by my brother Andreas. Even before I joined our winery in 2013, he was able to impart a lot of knowledge to me. It was only through him that I dared to take the plunge into the world of wine.
VDP:What are your next goals?
Adam Winery: Unfortunately, viticulture is also a monoculture - even if it is embedded in the Moselle valley. Here we would like to achieve even more for the conscious contact with nature. We have planted old apple varieties, built insect hotels and nesting boxes. The family's own beekeeping is active again and so our bees are once again enjoying more blossoming in and outside the vineyards.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Adam Winery: For our family winery, tradition means the care of old Riesling vines in classic single-pile cultivation on vineyard terraces, some of which have not been recultivated. And for us, it also means the development of our high-quality dry and fine-tangy wines in fermentation barrels, spontaneous fermentation, long yeast storage and the avoidance of fining agents. But without innovation - new ideas, far-sighted approaches - we would be treading water. We have to look beyond our own horizons in order to continue to develop our work and to continue to delight our wine lovers with magnificent wines year after year.