VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Christiane Wagner: We belong to a sparkling wine dynasty; our ancestors were the first sparkling wine producers in the Saar. The winery was founded in 1880 and is now managed by the fifth generation of our family. Our winery excels with several superlatives. Our wines come exclusively from very steep slopes with plots in the heart of the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® vineyards RAUSCH, Saarburger KUPP, BOCKSTEIN and LAURENTIUSBERG. 100 percent of the vineyards are comprised of old, densely planted Riesling vines trained on individual stakes. We do everything by hand in the vineyard, including selective handpicking, of course. Our wines are matured in our typical Saar and Mosel Fuder barrels, in the largest barrel cellar in the Saar.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Christiane Wagner: Harmony between tradition, culture, nature and terroir. As already mentioned, we only vinify high-quality grapes that have been selectively handpicked from the finest vineyards of the Saar.
VDP:For what wine style do you strive?
Christiane Wagner: Light, fresh, elegant, crystal clear Saar Rieslings that are predominantly dry or also off-dry with a balanced interplay of fruit and acidity.
VDP:Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Christiane Wagner: Of course, the dry VDP.GUTSWEIN Saar Riesling as an introduction to the VDP.Classification pyramid. Then the VDP.ORSTWEIN Saarburger Alte Reben and the Spätlese “Josef-Heinrich” from our top vineyard VDP:GROSSE LAGE® RAUSCH.
VDP:Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Christiane Wagner: Of my first “own wine” after taking over the winery in 2009: the “Generation V” VDP.GUTSWEIN, a dry Spätlese from the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® RAUSCH – my idea of a typical Wagner Saar Riesling!
VDP:Why did you become a vintner?
Christiane Wagner: What else? It lies in your genes when you are born to a long-established, wine-growing dynasty.
VDP:Do you have role models?
Christiane Wagner: The generations before me that built up a wealth of experience with their aspirations for perfection and innovation in wine and sparkling wine. They built up the winery to where it stands today.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Christiane Wagner: Every further vintage – each with its peculiarities and unique charm. It is always my aspiration to vinify Saar wines with strong character from the unpredictability of nature.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Christiane Wagner: The foundation of my work is the somewhat dusty concept of tradition and the wealth of experience from my ancestors, on which I can build. But without my own ideas, innovations and approach, this could not become anything that could be bottled and enjoyed.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Christiane Wagner: Please visit our winery villa and huge cellar, which are nestled in a beautiful park. You are also welcomed to stay overnight in one of our beautifully furnished holiday apartments. It is not far to the city of Saarburg, which has a historic centre at a waterfall and is known as “Little Venice”. And of course, you must see the world-famous Saar vineyards.