VDP: What is so special about your winery?

Georg Rumpf: Since 1708, our family has been cultivating vineyards that still produce the grapes for our best wines today. We distinguish ourselves through stringency and clarity in the quality and styles of our wines. For more than 20 years, we have been the only VDP.Estate on the Nahe to operate our wine tavern, where we offer refined regional dishes.

VDP: What is your winery philosophy?

Georg Rumpf: We see our business as a holistic system and want to manage it in such a way as to add as little energy, nutrients and water as possible from outside. We know that with a monoculture, what the grapevine is, we will never succeed completely. Nevertheless, we are convinced that the pursuit of a system that is as holistic as possible not only improves our ecological balance, but also benefits the quality of our wines.

VDP: What wine style do you strive for?

Georg Rumpf: If you drink our wines, you should feel like the next glass and not be satisfied with the first taste. Too banal, too complex, too alcoholic... we don't want to produce "too" wines, we want balance. As with our vines, we want our wines to be in balance. Our favourite grape varieties are Riesling and Pinot Noir.

"If you drink our wines, you should feel like the next glass and not be satisfied with the first taste."

VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?

Georg Rumpf: The dry Reisling from the VDP.ERSTEN LAGE® Abtei Rupertsberg. The vineyard was once planted by the universal scholar Saint Hildegard of Bingen. 70 percent gradient, vines up to 85 years old and phyllite soil make this wine unique. Depth, complexity, a wide aroma spectrum of wild herbs, lemon and flint and on the other hand an unbelievable drinking flow characterize this wine.

VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?

Georg Rumpf: To our VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® IM PITTERBERG! This location produces incredibly deep and precise Rieslings year after year. No wine stands more for Kruger-Rumpf than this one.

VDP: Why did you become a vintner?

Georg Rumpf: As long as I can remember, I wanted to become a vintner. There was a phase shortly before the Abitur in which I thought about taking a completely different direction. Looking back, I'm very happy to have rejected that again, because I can't imagine a more varied profession.

VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?

Georg Rumpf: My most important mentor was certainly my father, for me it was already clear as a small child: I want to do what my dad does at some point. Even as a small child I followed my father every step of the way.

VDP: What are your next goals?

Georg Rumpf: In recent years we have been able to buy and lease some excellent vineyards, which has allowed our winery to grow considerably. We also want to implement this successful course in the other areas and offer our customers a comprehensive service.


Photos: Peter Bender