"ANTICIPATE AND, WHEN NECESSARY, CAREFULLY INTERVENE."
MARC LEITIS ABOUT THE WINES AND THE WINERY GRAF VON KANITZ IN LORCH AM RHEIN
Graf von Kanitz
Office HoursMo - Sa 12 - 16 Uhr | Die Ruhetag
Sebastian Graf von Kanitz
70% Riesling, 28% Burgunder, 2% Gewürztraminer
grauer Schiefer, Untergrund Quarzit
VDP: What is special about your winery?
Marc Leitis: The roots of the winery go back to the 13th century. It was founded by the Lords of Staffel, after which the estate belonged to the family of the Barons of Stein. From the important reformer Friedrich Karl Reichsfreiherr von und zum Stein it passed in 1926 in the course of succession to the Counts of Kanitz.
A special feature in our winery is our above-ground wine cellar, which is located in a former residential tower from the 14th century. Due to the massive construction, the tower maintains a constant low temperature even in summer and allows our wines to ripen particularly gently.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Marc Leitis: Individually cultivated wines with their own character. Acting with foresight and, if necessary, carefully intervening. Our goal is to live up to this standard in our work with grapes, must and wine. Through this alone, we preserve the filigree differences of the sites and the varieties.
VDP: What wine style do you strive for?
Marc Leitis: The wine style of Weingut Graf von Kanitz has long been characterized by the guiding principle: Individually cultivated wines with their own character.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't yet know your winery - as an introduction, so to speak?
Marc Leitis: Clearly our Lorcher Pfaffenwies VDP.Erste Lage®, our largest VDP.Erste Lage® and our flagship. The wine is very mineral and clear due to its slate soil, but also has the typical spiciness that the Lorch sites bring with them. A little tip: try our Lorcher Bodenthal Steinberg. This has the same typical Lorch spiciness, but is much rounder due to its higher proportion of quartzite in the soil. Being able to explore these differences is what makes Lorch wines so special.
"FAVORITE GRAPE VARIETY IS CLEARLY RIESLING."
VDP: Do you have a favorite grape variety?
Marc Leitis: My favorite grape variety is clearly Riesling. In my opinion, there is no other grape variety that is so versatile.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Marc Leitis: Lorcher Krone VDP.Erste Lage® Alte Reben. The vines, which are over 80 years old, produce outstanding qualities year after year. Due to our particularly gentle processing and the long yeast storage, the wine is extremely concentrated and thus particularly storable.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Marc Leitis: To bring the Lorch wines further to the top.
VDP: Why else should people visit your winery?
Marc Leitis: In Lorch, our wonderful hiking trails through the vineyards with a great view should be highlighted. Afterwards, sitting in our courtyard in summer with a plate of Vesper and a glass of wine is like being on vacation.
Fotos: Peter Bender