WE PRODUCE RIESLING, PREFABLY FERMENTED SPONTANEOUSLY IN A STYLE THAT IS AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE, YET EXPRESSIVE.”
CLAUS PIEDMONT SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WINES AND WINERY IN KONZ
Office HoursMo-Fr 13.00-18.00 sowie nach Vereinbarung
90% Riesling, 10% Weissburgunder
blauer Schiefer (80% Steinanteil), grauer Schiefer (60% Steinanteil), 85% Steigung, 143-200m über NN
VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Claus Piedmont: We are the fifth generation of our family to run the winery. The winery building is a former monastery property of the Benedictine Abbey St Maximin in Trier. Built in 1698, the house property has a park and 12 hectares of vines. The VDP.GROSSE LAGE® PULCHEN is a monopole vineyard. The largest room can accommodate up to 80 people for wine tastings and dinners. The whole facility is a jewel.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Claus Piedmont: To introduce as many customers as possible to the winery, its wine, cellar, kitchen, and garden in person.
VDP:What wine style do you aim for? Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Claus Piedmont: We produce Riesling, preferably fermented spontaneously in a style that is as light as possible, yet expressive.
VDP:Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn’t yet know your winery – as an entry wine, so to speak?
Claus Piedmont: The Saar Riesling as VDP.GUTSWEIN as well as the Filzener Riesling as VDP.ORTSWEIN with pleasant, subtle residual sweetness.
VDP:Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Claus Piedmont: Of our VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® PULCHEN Riesling.
VDP:Why did you become a vintner?
Claus Piedmont: My choice of career as a winemaker is a consequence of tradition, education, and the inclination that arises when it is encouraged and exemplified, as well as a certain obligation that results from this.
VDP: Do you have a role model or mentor?
Claus Piedmont: We only know what we know, because we stand on the shoulders of those who were before us.
VDP:What are your next goals?
Claus Piedmont: A constant renewal of our quality efforts through meaningful modernisation in the vicinity of our winery.
VDP:How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Claus Piedmont: With a gentle hand.
VDP:Do you stick to traditions, if so, which ones?
Claus Piedmont: Spontaneous fermentation, wooden barrels, steep slope viticulture, no additional purchase of grapes, 70 percent dry and off-dry wines, 95 percent Riesling.
VDP:Why should people visit your winery? Is there a favourite attraction near you?
Claus Piedmont: 15 km dedicated to viticulture along the Saar River with landmarks of great importance – Roman, Celtic, antique times and sometimes also Prussian – a landscape that is sometimes harsh, then playfully cheerful and often romantic. And of course, I have many wine colleagues that are very individual characters with fantastic wines that are not ready-made standard wines, but often unique masterpieces.