Karl-Heinz and Aurelia Hamm
Riesling & Spätburgunder
Schwemmlandboden (Rheinauen Jesuitengarten), leichter, sandiger Lehm-Lössboden (Hasensprung), roter Schiefer (Dachsberg)
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Karl-Heinz Hamm: We have been certified organic since 1990: for more vital soils, for healthy vines and above all for the future of our children. A special affair of the heart is the tending of expressive old vines that have rooted deep in the local terroir for over 55 years.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Aurelia Hamm: As a Rheingau winery, we are clearly committed to Riesling with over 90 percent of our vineyard area. Each wine has its own inimitable characteristics, which we promote through different vinifications: racy Gutswein, ‘Alte Reben’ fermented in wood, spontaneously fermented Dachsberg. Complex, elegant, focused on the origin.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Aurelia Hamm: Our VDP.GUTSWEIN wines, the Rheingau Rieslings ‘dry’ and ‘feinherb’ are optimal wines to get to know our portfolio. But you can also step directly to the VDP.ORTSWEIN Winkel Riesling ‘Alte Reben’ dry.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Karl-Heinz Hamm: We are proud that all our wines grow in the best soils of Oestrich-Winkel. All our wines come from vineyards that have been classified as VDP.GROSSE LAGE® or VDP.ERSTE LAGE®. The alluvial soils of the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® JESUITENGARTEN in Winkel, the sandy loess-clay soils of the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® HASENSPRUNG as well as the red slate soils of the VDP.ERSTEN LAGE® Winkler Dachsberg are the foundation for wines with a strong character, which we vinify to reflect their multi-faceted diversity.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Aurelia Hamm: As a winemaker’s child, you often don’t initially recognize the uniqueness of this tradition. At the latest once you’ve been away from home, it quickly becomes clear what great possibilities have already been created. It is a real privilege to be allowed to continue the family history.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Aurelia: Fortunately, many people have inspired me and encouraged me in my work!
VDP: What are your next goals?
Karl-Heinz Hamm: To ring in the next generation!
VDP: Do you hold on to traditions, if yes: to which?
Aurelia Hamm: As the fourth generation of our family business, tradition is naturally very close to my heart. I am proud of what my father has already done. Working with vines that have never seen chemical-synthetic agents is a special reward for his hard work. Now, of course, it’s time to make the most of it and leave my own fingerprint, always aware that hopefully many more generations will follow me. That’s why I find it important to preserve traditions, but at the same time to pursue new ideas and be able to develop freely.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Karl-Heinz Hamm: The Rheingau is always worth a visit, especially in summer! We operate a wine tavern, which serves delicious delicacies from our small kitchen. Because nothing ‘HAMMonizes’ with wines better than well-matched meals! You can enjoy these under our kiwi pergola or in the cosy interior room.