VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Joachim Arns: Our winery is part of a charitable foundation that dates back to an edict of Napoleon in 1804. The proceeds generated by the winery are used to co-finance the Foundation's various social tasks. The wine cellar from Roman times is undoubtedly something special. In 2010 it was officially awarded as the oldest wine cellar in Germany by the German Wine Institute as the highlight of wine culture. In addition to many renowned vineyards on the Saar and Moselle, our winery has four monopollages.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Joachim Arns: We use the great potential of our vineyard sites, with a special focus on our monopollages, to produce individual wines full of character and of the highest mineral character. For us, "waiting for the wine" comes before "working on the wine".
VDP: What wine style do you aim for?
Joachim Arns: It is our goal to produce wines that traditionally offer a maximum of fruit, character and elegance with little alcohol. Of course, the focus is on Riesling. Its cultivation in our vineyard was first mentioned in 1464.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Joachim Arns: Our VDP.ORTSWEINE, which come from our monopollages AUGENSCHEINER in Trier, HÖLLE in Wiltingen and SCHLOSS SAARFELS in Serig. Each of these VDP.ORTSWEINE represents the terroir of its community in a highly recognizable and individual way and opens access to the complex world of aromas of our Riesling wines.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Joachim Arns: This changes from year to year. However, the more delicate, fine-fruity wines from our VDP.GROSSEN LAGEN are always close to my heart. Despite years of experience, I am always surprised at the depth and great complexity they can achieve as they mature.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Joachim Arns: I come from a family of winegrowers from the Moselle with a history of more than four hundred years in viticulture. The passion for wine was exemplified by my parents at home. This has fascinated and shaped me from the very beginning.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Joachim Arns: Against the background of the Foundation, I am guided by the sustainable and at the same time forward-looking actions of my predecessors.
VDP:What are your next goals?
Joachim Arns: We are constantly working on the even more precise elaboration of the individual terroirs of our VDP.GROSSE LAGE® wines, with a special focus on our monopollages. Through them we would like to present ourselves even more unmistakably in the future and emphasize our individual wine style more strongly.
VDP:How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Joachim Arns: Our winery is rich in traditions. So even today, within the foundation, the so-called "Sunday or festive wine" is served to the residents. We also continue the always high proportion of dry wines and have made a name for ourselves in recent years - especially in the area of particularly hearty dry Riesling wines, which bear the historical addition "durchgegoren". In our steep slopes we combine innovative mechanisation with vineyard management that is as close to nature as possible. Only in this way can we continue to be active here within an ecological and at the same time economically appropriate framework.