67147 Forst a.d.W.
Anna-Barbara Acham und Vincent Troesch
Anna-Barbara Acham und Rudi Becker
75% Riesling, 7% Pinot Blanc sowie Grau- & Spätburgunder, Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer, Merlot und Dornfelder
Buntsandsteinverwitterungsböden, Lösslehmböden, Basaltböden, Kalkböden
“WE ARE A FOUNDING MEMBER OF VDP, A WINERY AND WINE TAVERN, NOW MANAGED BY WOMEN IN THE 2ND GENERATION.”
ANNA-BARBARA MAGIN SPEAKS ABOUT HER WINE AND WINE ESTATE IN FORST AN DER WEINSTRASSE.
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Anna-Barbara Magin: We are a VDP winery with a wine tavern! Winegrower and restaurateur in one person - unique in the Pfalz! In addition to this, we are a founding member of VDP and have been a VDP member without interruption since 1908. From 1979 to 1991, I was honorary secretary and worked actively in VDP administration. Our winery is over 300 years old, it is now in female hands for the 2nd generation.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Anna-Barbara Magin: We are committed to organic viticulture and we put a lot of energy into it. Our wines should be expressive and unique. The DNA of the origin must be apparent in the bottle.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Anna-Barbara Magin: Dry, unique, site-specific wines – no mainstream.
VDP: Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Anna-Barbara Magin: Clearly Riesling
“THE DNA OF THE ORIGIN MUST BE APPARENT IN THE BOTTLE."
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Anna-Barbara Magin: Our dry Riesling “Ungeheere”.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Anna-Barbara Magin: We are proud of all our wines, because every wine is different and we invest our greatest effort in every single wine.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner? When did your calling come? Was there a special experience?
Anna-Barbara Magin: I initially studied pharmacy, but winemaking is in my blood! It had to come this way; it’s a passion! The creative aspect of our profession gives us an aura of uniqueness; we refine nature!
VDP: Who was/is your role model? Who was your mentor?
Anna-Barbara Magin: My role model is the VDP. It sets quality standards and challenges. The comparison with big names is our obligation and aspiration. As a model producer in the VDP association, you are yourself a role model.
VDP: Do you have mentors?
Anna-Barbara Magin: Hans-Günter Schwarz, Dr. Ludwig Jakob (formerly at the regional college and research institute in Neustadt and wine book author) –still a fatherly friend and advisor– and Karl Fuhrmann (former president of the Pfalz winegrowing association).
VDP: What are your next goals?
Anna-Barbara Magin: To live to be 100 years old and to make good wine for as long as I am able to enjoy it!
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation? Do you stick to traditions? If so, which ones?
Anna-Barbara Magin: There is always room for improvement; a wine is never perfect. The customer expects a certain taste, that is our obligation. We don’t want to change our style; the customer should be able to find it again. Riesling is a “self-promoter” and we will NEVER vinify it in wood. Clean and healthy grapes always yield good wine, but the finishing touch happens in the cellar. The interest in wine has become much stronger in recent years. Vineyards are cultural assets and are also the flagship of our wine estate.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery? Is there a favourite place/attraction/place of interest near you?
Anna-Barbara Magin: The spectacular view from the church wall to the vineyard Kirchenstück Forst that lies deep down at the foot of vine slopes and amidst vines. Our property borders directly on our vineyards.