"MAKING SOIL AND LOCATION TASTABLE - WE'RE WORKING ON THAT WITH COMMITMENT, EXPERIENCE AND A FUTURE-FUTURE VIEW."
BORIS KRANZ ABOUT HIS WINES AND WINE ESTATE IN ILBESHEIM
Mörzheimer Str. 2
Office HoursMo-Mi 8.00-12.00 Uhr; Do+Fr 8.00-12.00, 14.00-18.00 Uhr, Sa 9:00-16:00 Uhr
25% Riesling, 20% Weißer Burgunder, 20% Spätburgunder, weiter Sorten: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Auxerrois, Scheurebe, Muskateller
Poröser Landschneckenkalk als Basis und die wechselnden Oberböden, wie Löß, Mergel oder Gehängelehm
Sparkling Wine / Sekt
VDP: What is special about your winery?
Boris Kranz: We are a real family business where the boss still knows his vines and likes to work with and in his vines. Founded from a typical Palatinate "mixed operation", my parents and grandparents built up the winery. With hard work, a lot of craftsmanship and a good portion of idealism, we worked our way consistently to the top of the Palatinate wine producers. In 2010 we managed to have the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® KALMIT registered as a single vineyard in the register of Rhineland-Palatinate sites – a historic achievement for Ilbesheim.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Boris Kranz: Wine is made from grapes ... We want to produce wines that are distinctive, authentic, long-lasting and without frills. Our soil is the most important foundation. It is the basis in which our vines are rooted. This is why we take such great care to plant our sites and soils with the appropriate vines. Each vine has found the right home in our soil diversity. We are proud of this.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Boris Kranz: Ilbesheim Weißer Burgunder vom Landschneckenkalk – VDP.ORTSWEIN that has grown on the typical lime soils around the KALMIT.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Boris Kranz: We want to make our winery fit for the next generation. We are dealing with topics such as the expansion of our winery, new vineyards, opening up new markets or an even stronger focus on Burgundy varieties. Ideas and plans that are often discussed controversially within the family.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Boris Kranz: In our vinotheque you are given very individual advice and can taste our VDP.GROSSE LAGE® KALMIT with a clear view.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Boris Kranz: That's hard to say ... I'm particularly proud of the wines that grow around our KALMIT, because this terroir is simply unique and unmistakable and I have produced my best wines there from the very beginning.
"TO CREATE A HIGHLY REFINED END PRODUCT FROM A COMPLETELY NATURAL BASIC PRODUCT IS ALWAYS EXCITING."
VDP: Why did you become a winemaker?
Boris Kranz: I knew early on that I wanted to become a winemaker because the practical and creative side of this profession has always fascinated me. I was already enthusiastic about the Kalmit southern slope as a youngster, when the wingerts terrain there was still considered too steep and far too impractical for cultivation. At the age of 20 I had my first vintage in the cellar. With it I had finally caught fire for the profession of a winegrower.
Photos: Peter Bender