Münzberg - Gunter Keßler
Gunter und Friedrich Keßler
31% Pinot Blanc, 19% Riesling, 16% Spätburgunder sowie Grauburgunder, Silvaner, Chardonnay, Dornfelder, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer
VDP:What is so special about your wine estate?
Gunter Kessler: At first glance, the idyllic location in the middle of the estate vineyards, all very good sites. If you take a closer look, you can see that the entire production takes place on one level; the distances are short and operation processes are efficient.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Gunter Kessler: Preserving tradition without neglecting innovation. Working with nature and bringing the fermented grape into the glass. And the price-performance ratio must be right! The wine must be wholesome and taste natural – in other words, full concentration on quality and the essential.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Gunter Kessler: We highlight varietal typicity and the origin as much as possible. We limit the influence of technology and strive to produce authentic wines. We use oak exclusively for Chardonnay and red wines. We focus on Burgundian varieties, which find ideal conditions in the limestone and clay marl soils.
VDP: What is your favourite grape variety?
Gunter Kessler: We have a preference for the Pinot varieties and Chardonnay.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Gunter Kessler: Our Godramstein Weißen Burgunder Löß-Lehm VDP.ORTSWEIN; it transports our Burgunder idea most aptly, both for wine beginners and for wine connoisseurs - as a meal companion or solo.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Gunter Kessler: Of our VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® MÜNZBERG SCHLANGENPFIFF Weissburgunder GG – it has its very own style and therefore its recognition value is very high.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Gunter Kessler: That was as natural for me as the sun, wind and rain: I grew up in a winegrowing family and knew I would become a winegrower, too!
VDP: Do you have role models?
Gunter Kessler: My father. Not least because of his great entrepreneurial courage and the foresight he showed in 1976 when he relocated the previously agricultural mixed business from the centre of Godramstein and converted it into a pure winegrowing enterprise. My friends from the group, ‘Five Vintners – Five Friends’ from southern Pfalz. And finally, the entry into the VDP in 2000 was very formative: on the one hand confirmation, but on the other hand also challenge.