Familien Mosbacher und Düringer
80% Riesling sowie Spät-, Grau und Weissburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Female commitment and teamwork are the great strengths of our family-run winery. My husband and I have managed the winery together for 17 years. I apprenticed and studied viticulture and oenology at a time when comparatively few women did. For this reason, it is my ongoing concern to support women in the industry. I am a member of the network “Vinissima – Women & Wine” and was its national chairman in Germany for several years. In order to further my education, I completed the W.S.E.T., Diploma of the Austrian Wine Academy – the preliminary stage to the Master of Wine training. So far, I am the only VDP member who has this training! Our winery itself is located in the centre of Forst with direct access to the village’s best vineyards – not everyone has that. With plenty of dedication and imagination, we have managed to develop the architecture of our winery and integrate it harmoniously into the townscape.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: We are solicitous about the way we cultivate our vineyards. With the grape variety Riesling, we attach great importance to making the particularities and differences of the terroirs in the wine visible. Because we want to work in harmony with nature, we have been cultivating our vineyards organically since 2012 to enhance soil vitality and high quality. We do this not because it sounds good, but out of conviction. We simply know how important a natural, healthy vineyard is.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Precise, fine-fruity wines that reflect their site and origin. The foundation for this, in addition to consistent, organic cultivation, is manual harvesting, which enables us to select and sort grape bunches and berries in numerous separate batches according to location. Gentle vinification in the cellar preserves the typical character that the unique terroirs around Forst transport to our grapes. Year after year, we reveal the diversity of our great sites in Forst, Deidesheim and Wachenheim.
VDP: What is your favourite grape variety?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Certainly Riesling, but also Sauvignon Blanc. We have a particular fondness for this variety, since we became one of the first wine estates in the Pfalz to cultivate Sauvignon in 1997.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Our Riesling VDP.GUTSWEIN is our business card in liquid form. If you like the first impression, there is still plenty of time to taste our other wines.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Of the VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® UNGEHEUER Riesling. In the 1990s, we were the first to expand the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® UNGEHEUER to GG. Since then, it has regularly been a great wine with perfect balance between elegance, finesse and full body.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: I was the oldest of three daughters in the winery and have always been interested in science. When I did an internship at the VDP.Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. v. Bassermann-Jordan, I really liked the winemaking profession. Actually, it is only natural and logical to join a family winery, especially if it is located in such a great wine-growing community as Forst.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: My role model is and was my father. I also learned a lot from my trainer at Bassermann-Jordan, Ulrich Mell.
VDP: What would you compare to making wine?
Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer: Making wine has so many different aspects and facets and is therefore difficult to compare! You reach and delight so many people with a glass of wine, that it can’t help but make you happy and content. We reach wine enthusiasts from all over the world with our wines – that brings them together with one and the same wine and that is certainly something very special.
Pictures: © VDP.Weingut Georg Mosbacher
partially by Malte Bartz