Dr. Peter Crusius
Dr. Peter Crusius
55% Riesling, 35% Weissburgunder, 5% Spätburgunder und Frühburgunder
tiefgründige Kies- & Sandlehmböden, rötliches & schwarzgraues Vulkangestein, Schieferverwitterungsgestein
- BASTEI, Traisen | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
KUPFERGRUBE, Schloßböckelheim | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
MÜHLBERG, Traisen | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
KIRSCHHECK, Norheim | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
STEINBERG, Traisen | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
FELSENBERG, Schloßböckelheim | VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
In der Kirschheck, Norheim | VDP.ERSTE LAGE®
Felsensteyer, Niederhausen | VDP.ERSTE LAGE®
Rotenfels, Traisen | VDP.ERSTE LAGE®
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Rebecca Crusius: Our winery combines many special features. Our family manages a unique vineyard portfolio, which is crowned by the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® BASTEI. The estate building was constructed in 1888. We vinify our wines as gently as possible in our vaulted cellar. Family Crusius has a long tradition and experience; we have been growing wine since the year 1576 and are now in the 14th generation of wine cultivation.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Dr. Peter Crusius: Year after year, we pursue the goal of producing inspiring wines that express their origins.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Rebecca Crusius: Our winery is known for elegant, delineated Rieslings.
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?
Dr. Peter Crusius: Our VDP.ORTSWEIN Traisen Riesling “vom Fels” is a superb Riesling that combines the spiciness of porphyry with beautiful fruit.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Rebecca Crusius: Of our BASTEI Riesling GG. The wine gains its unique spice and length from its spectacular location at the foot of the Rotenfels.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Dr. Peter Crusius: Because as a winemaker you learn a real handcraft, you can live out your creativity and every day brings variety.
VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?
Rebecca Crusius: In our family business, it has always been and still is important that the previous generation passes on its knowledge to the next generation.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Dr. Peter Crusius: Of course, it is important for us to constantly improve the quality of our wines; we also want to promote the international reputation of German wines.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Dr. Peter Crusius: In our case, we achieve the combination of tradition and modernity with several generations working together in one company. This ensures a constant exchange of ideas and experience. A particularly beautiful tradition is the regular filling of our traditional oak barrels.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Rebecca Crusius: Besides tasting the wines in our winery, it is worth visiting the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® BASTEI in Traisen. Here you can walk along the highest steep cliff face of Germany north of the Alps and enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of the surrounding region.