VDP.WEINGUT
KÜNSTLER

“OVER 70 % OF OUR LAND IS CLASSIFIED AS VDP.GROSSE LAGE® VINEYARDS!”

GUNTER KÜNSTLER SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WINE AND WINE ESTATE IN HOCHHEIM.

Künstler

Geheimrat-Hummel-Platz 1a
65239 Hochheim

Phone+49 (0)6146/83860
Fax+49 (0)6146/7335
eMailinfo@weingut-kuenstler.de
Office Hours
Mo-Fr 8.00-12.00, 13.00-18.00; Samstags immer von 10:00 bis 16:00 Uhr; Sonntags von April bis Dezember 11.00-16.00

VDP: What is so special about your winery?

Gunter Künstler: We have been a family business since 1648 - and over 70 percent of our land is classified as VDP.GROSSE LAGE® vineyards! Our estate building was built in 1837 and is listed as a protected historical monument. It was the oldest sparkling wine cellar on the Rhine at the time.

 

VDP: What is your winery philosophy?

Gunter Künstler: Total quality management!

VDP: For what wine style do you strive?

Gunter Künstler: Intense and sustainable, yet elegant, long-lasting Riesling wines.

VDP: Do you have a favourite grape variety?

Gunter Künstler: Two: Pinot Noir and Riesling.

 

VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn’t yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?

Gunter Künstler: Our VDP.ERSTE LAGE® Hochheimer Herrnberg Riesling dry

VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?

Gunter Künstler: I don’t like the word ‘proud’ very much. I have been consistently satisfied with the VDP.GROSSEN GEWÄCHS® HÖLLE Hochheim Riesling over the years.

 

“WE ARE GOING BACK FOR THE FUTURE WITH OUR VINIFICATION.”

VDP: Why did you become a vintner?

Gunter Künstler: Because it is a wonderful handcraft! I grew up at my father’s wine estate. When he had an accident, I became responsible. As a result, I had to and could shape things - in the vineyard, in the cellar and also in marketing.

VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?

Gunter Künstler: Wilhelm Haag, Helmut Dönnhoff and my father

VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?

Gunter Künstler: We are going back for the future in our way of vinification. For example, we work with basket presses and battonage. And we don’t practice fining any more.