"WE DON'T GROW NICE, SWEET, GOOD POSERS."
KARSTEN PETER, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND WINEGROWER ABOUT HIS WINES AND HIS VINEYARD IN NIEDERHAUSEN AN DER NAHE
Office HoursMai-Oktober: Di-So 10-18Uhr November-April: Di-Sa: 10-18 Uhr
Dr.Christine Dinse und Jens Reidel
95% Riesling, 5% Weissburgunder
Vulkanverwitterungsböden, Porphyr, Schiefer, Rotliegendes
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Karsten Peter: We are happy about 30 hectares of vineyards, which are exclusively classified as VDP.GROSSE LAGE®. Our entire vineyard in the VDP.GROSSEN LAGE® HERMANNSBERG in Niederhausen is monopolized.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Karsten Peter: Our greatest treasure are our vineyards. It is particularly important to us to lead them with a lot of respect and empathy to the point where they are able to express their very own character perfectly. We are the listeners and then the helpers. Riesling is the perfect instrument for this. No other grape variety in the world can do this as multifaceted as Riesling. We don't grow any nice, sweet, good Posers. That would also be an outrage at the incredible achievement that was necessary for the creation of our vineyards.
VDP: What wine style do you strive for?
Karsten Peter: We concentrate fully on Riesling. We want our wines to reflect the character of the landscape in which they have grown. They are elegant and pure, demanding, with corners and edges.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Karsten Peter: The perfect introduction to the Riesling world of Gut Hermannsberg is certainly one of our VDP.ORTSWEINE, Niederhäuser "vom Schiefer" or Schlossböckelheimer "vom Vulkan". Both wines not only come exclusively from VDP.GROSSEN LAGEN®, but also clearly show what is important to us.
"I KNOW THAT VITICULTURE IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE AND I SIMPLY LISTEN TO WHAT THE VINEYARD SAYS AND WANTS FROM US".
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Karsten Peter: Logically all our wines - otherwise we wouldn't be bottling and selling them.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Karsten Peter: Because it's a real challenge. I hardly know of any other profession that demands so much manual and intellectual skill as that of a winegrower. The more I have dealt with the vineyards and the resulting wines, the deeper I have been drawn into the subject, with the will to understand this very own world. Today I know that viticulture is not an exact science and I simply listen to what the vineyard says and wants from us.
VDP: Do they have role models?
Karsten Peter: Of course nobody - because that would mean putting a winegrower's idea above the needs of the vineyards in which I work. The vineyard gives us everything, the idea only has to orient itself to what the vineyard wants and needs.
VDP: Why should you still visit your vineyard?
Karsten Peter: For real wine lovers, even freaks, there can be nothing more exciting than the valley of the Middle Nahe! It is cool, wild, rugged, mystical...