Office HoursMo-Fr 8.00-12.00, 13.00-18.00; Sa 10.00-16.00 Uhr
Steffen Christmann & Oskar Micheletti
70% Riesling, 14% Spätburgunder sowie Weiss- & Grauburgunder, Muskateller
Buntsandstein, Terrassenschotter, Kalkmergel und Kalkstein
VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Steffen Christmann: We concentrate on the classic grape varieties of the southern Mittelhaardt with 70 percent Riesling, plus 15 percent Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir ) and 10 percent Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc). With the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® IDIG, we have perhaps the largest consolidated property in an absolute top location in the Pfalz. It is nearly a monopole vineyard.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Steffen Christmann: We want to produce authentic, handcrafted wines as a family estate. This means that the family is directly involved in every step of the winemaking process; wine is our life. Since we want to live our lives in harmony with nature, biodynamic cultivation is a matter of the heart. It also helps us to produce wines that are even more unique, because they are not distorted from the ground up.
VDP:For what wine style do you strive? Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Steffen Christmann: Our model for Riesling is the prima ballerino, the male master dancer. He is powerful and yet vibrant, dancing. A filigree, elegant style with fine acidity is also important to us with the Pinots. We want impressive wines where alcohol content is less important.
VDP:Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Steffen Christmann: Our Riesling VDP.GUTSWEIN. With all modesty, it’s a mad wine for this money! Complex, long and yet fresh and animating. The ideal of a Mittelhaardt Riesling wine. Never sour, but cheerful, wonderfully dry and fresh.
VDP:Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Steffen Christmann: Of our VDP.GROSSE LAGE® IDIG Riesling GG. For over twenty years, we have succeeded in making one of the best dry Rieslings in the world from this vineyard every year.
VDP:Why did you become a vintner?
Steffen Christmann: If your family has been making wine since the late 16th century, it’s an obvious choice. Nevertheless, I initially went astray and studied law. But while I was still studying, it became clear to me that I wanted to continue the long family tradition, but also set new benchmarks. I intended to help Mittelhaardt Riesling return to the Champions League of wine. And there it is again today.
VDP:Do you have role models?
Steffen Christmann: Most likely Anne-Claude Leflaive, who brought the great terroirs of the Côte-d'Or to light through biodynamic cultivation.