Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch, Erben Thanisch
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Dipl.Ing. Olaf Kaufmann
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Sofia Thanisch: First and foremost we are a family winery, 11th generations of our family have been active in viticulture on the Middle Moselle since the 17th century. For four generations, however, we have mainly been a women's winery. The female tradition began with Katharina Thanisch. She was the wife of Dr. Hugo Thanisch. When he died in 1895 at the age of only 42 years, she was only 30 years old and had three small children. After her the vineyard was named "Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch". A peculiarity, which should be extremely rare to find. My great-grandmother Katharina was even one of the founding members of the VDP in 1910! Since the end of the 19th century our wines can be found on the wine lists of the most famous hotels and restaurants and were served "at court", not only in Germany, but also in England! Our best-known vineyard location is the Berncasteler DOCTOR, which can certainly be considered world-renowned and which is the most expensive vineyard in Germany. It belongs to our family for more than 200 years. Underneath the vineyard is the "Doctor cellar", which also has a 400-year history and in which some of our rarities are stored today.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Sofia Thanisch: Quality and tradition are our trademarks! 380 years of wine-growing tradition in our family stand for 380 vintages of classic, animating Moselle Rieslings at a high level. We feel obliged to the quality claim and our tradition also in the future.
VDP: Which wine style do you strive for?
Sofia Thanisch: Classically elegant Moselle Riesling with delicate fruit sweetness.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Sofia Thanisch: The classic or the finely bitter Riesling Kabinett. These are wines which, with their balance of sweetness, acidity and minerality, very well represent the potential of our Moselle Rieslings. In addition, they are true all-rounders because they go well with many dishes or simply provide drinking pleasure.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Sofia Thanisch: I am proud of all my wines! Year after year, our collections cover the broad spectrum of Moselle Riesling tastes. Of course, we are also delighted when one of our wines is praised, whether by our customers or by the trade press.
VDP: Why did you become a winemaker?
Sofia Thanisch: When you grow up in a winery, you get to know the rhythm of the wine year from childhood. And the decision for the profession then matures slowly, like good wine.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Sofia Thanisch: As the 11th generation in a successful winery, you have many role models in your family. From my various internships, Count Matuschka Greiffenklau impressed me very much because of his personality, his competence and his voluntary work.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Sofia Thanisch: I still have a lot planned for the coming years. First and foremost, producing excellent wines, further modernising my business, exploiting market opportunities at home and abroad, securing motivated employees, mastering the challenges of climate change and continuing to focus on sustainability. And organize an orderly handover of the business to the 12th generation: Our female tradition will presumably continue in the fifth generation. My daughter Christina has been working at the winery for a few months now, following her studies in Geisenheim and several years of practical experience in Germany and abroad.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Sofia Thanisch: As a family winery in its 11th generation, it is in our DNA to continually adapt to new circumstances and set new priorities. To describe it with a picture: Time is like a river. As residents directly at a river we know: "Who stops rowing on a river, drives back! One of our traditional beliefs is that Riesling is the best white grape variety par excellence. With the classic Moselle Rieslings, we have a unique selling point that cannot be copied anywhere in the world.
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by Christoph Arnoldi