“WE HAVE BEEN A CERTIFIED DEMETER MEMBER ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLES OF BIODYNAMICS SINCE 2004.”
PETER BERNHARD KÜHN ABOUT HIS WINES AND HIS VINEYARD IN OESTRICH-WINKEL
Peter Jakob Kühn
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Peter Jakob Kühn
Peter Bernhard Kühn
95% Riesling, 5% Spätburgunder
Sandbänke & Kiesterrassen an den alten Uferzonen, Quarzit geprägter toniger Löss-Lehm, Buntschiefer
- La Renaissance des Appellations
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: Oh, there’s nothing special or rare to see here. We are just a family winery with great employees. We all give our best so that at the end of the year we can have a great vintage and make wines that tell a beautiful and authentic story about their origins.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: Our estate has been family-owned for around 230 years. The appreciation of this tradition is incentive and orientation for what we do. With respect for the knowledge and experience of our ancestors, we have been working as a certified Demeter member according to the principles of biodynamics since 2004.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: We love wines that convey emotion. Origin is important, of course. Elegance and intensity in harmonious balance, too. But a really great wine brings even more – an additional, touching component that is difficult to put into words.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn’t yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: Our VDP.GUTSWEIN is certainly a good start. The Jacobus, as a Gutsriesling with full authenticity, represents all our leitmotifs. All grapes come from our vineyards, are hand-picked and gently pressed over several hours. In order to maintain the original power, the pulse of the grape, in our wines, we do not use any fining agents or yeast additives. The energy and radiance of our wines comes exclusively from our vineyards. They are ambassadors of the vintage, the location and also us.
“WE LOVE WINES THAT CONVEY EMOTION.”
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: There are some wines that arouse a great deal of enthusiasm among wine drinkers, such as our most recent 2013 Riesling ‘R’, or the two wines ‘Landgewebe 2015’ and ‘Schlehdorn 2015’. But I must say that with each new vintage, new wines with unique character traits are grown and this fills me again with pride. This starts with the Gutswein and continues with the Ortswein. As pathetic as it may sound, when I taste from the barrels in the cellar, I am actually particularly proud of each one.
VDP: Why did you become a winegrower?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: You can remain down-to-earth and still have the opportunity to create something that can touch people all over the world.
VDP: Do you have role models or mentors?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: My mentors are the people who are close to me.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: The close proximity between the vineyard and the wines in the cellar plays a decisive role for us. That’s why we don’t want to enter the economic growth spiral, but rather remain as small as we are.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Peter Bernhard Kühn: Much of what used to be done intuitively and was good, can now be proven and confirmed through research. We try to use both. The lived, intuitive knowledge of the past and the educated knowledge of today.
Photos: Peter Bender