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VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Johannes Haart: We are one of the oldest winegrowing families on the Moselle; we have owned vineyards in Piesport since 1337. The Haarts were also among the first to bottle their own wines instead of selling them in barrels. Since about 1894 we have started to auction them. Our VDP.GROSSE LAGE® KREUZWINGERT in Piesport is in sole ownership and at the same time perhaps the smallest single vineyard in Germany, with only 0.098 ha size. In 2013 we set up a modern vinotheque in the 100-year-old winegrower's house directly on the banks of the Moselle.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Johannes Haart: To produce natural, genuine and long-lasting wines. Working together with nature, both in the vineyard and in the cellar - that is our guiding principle.
VDP:What wine style do you strive for?
Johannes Haart: Riesling, in all its complexity and possible styles, always authentic and natural.
VDP:Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't yet know your winery - as an entry-level wine, so to speak.
Johannes Haart: Our GOLDTRÖPFCHEN Riesling Cabinet.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Johannes Haart: To our KREUZWINGERT, because he is so completely different.
VDP:Why did you become a vintner?
Johannes Haart: I grew up with wine and in the vineyard or winery. I looked at other professions, but none of them came close to the diversity, the challenge, but also the satisfaction that the winemaking job brings with it.
VDP: Do you have a role model or a mentor?
Johannes Haart: My father.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Johannes Haart: We cultivate a traditional wine style, but use innovations to further develop its quality - and also to react to climate change.
VDP: Why should people still visit your winery?
Johannes Haart: Our house is beautifully situated on the banks of the Moselle. The old Roman winery nearby is well worth a walk before or after a wine tasting!