Burg Layen 16
Armin und Caroline Diel
Caroline Diel und Christoph Friedrich
65% Riesling sowie Spät-, Grau- & Weissburgunder & Chardonnay
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Caroline Diel: A tradition that looks to the future. We have been a family business since 1802, now in the seventh generation. The atmosphere at Layen Castle alone is unique: look forward to the romantic castle garden with keep, the historic wine press house vault and the magnificent vaulted cellar designed by Johannes Helle.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Caroline Diel: To cultivate the vineyard as far as possible in harmony with nature. Work out the essence of the different soils. Make passionate, terroir-influenced wines and enjoy them with friends and family.
VDP: What wine style do you strive for?
Caroline Diel: Straightforward, mineral, terroir-stamped and authentic wines.
VDP: Do you have a favorite type of grape variety?
Caroline Diel: We have no favourite child; we love the minerality of Riesling, the finesse of Pinot Noir and the complexity of the white Burgundy varieties.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Caroline Diel: Diel de Diel VDP.GUTSWEIN - a synthesis of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The perfect wine for every occasion!
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Caroline Diel: To our sparkling wine! To the animating Riesling Réserve, which lay on the yeast for at least five years, to the Goldloch Brut nature, which shows its origins particularly well, and to the Cuvée MO, which is reminiscent of champagne due to its creamy nature.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Caroline Diel: It was like a vocation for me. I grew up in the winery and was probably infected by the "virus" from day one.
VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?
Caroline Diel: Through my numerous internships I was able to meet many great personalities: Wilhelm Weil, Peter Jost, Heinz Bauer and Hansjörg Rebholz in Germany; May-Eliane de Lancquesaing, Bernard Noblet and Aubert de Villaine in France; André van Rensburg in South Africa and Nick Mills in New Zealand - they all play their part in the way I make wine and live wine today.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Caroline Diel: To continue working on the precision and authenticity of our wines.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Caroline Diel: By combining the best of tradition with modern technologies. For example, we stick to the traditional piece barrels - but today we are able to control the temperature in them.
VDP: Why visit your winery?
Caroline Diel: Because once you had to be on our historic castle tower - with a great view of our best vineyards.