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Christian und Matthias Runkel
35% Riesling, 45% Burgundersorten, 5% Silvaner, 15% weitere Rebsorten
Kalkstein, Tonmergel, Lösslehm, Quarzit, Porphyr
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Matthias Runkel: We are a family winery with a young history. In northern Rheinhessen we have the opportunity to produce wines in extremely UNIQUE terroirs. Our best Rieslings grow in three VDP.GROSSE LAGE® vineyards on tertiary limestone banks, ancient quartzite rocks and volcanic porphyry. These are unique conditions and it is a great inspiration for us to make these differences apparent in the taste of our wines.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Matthias Runkel: Sustainable cultivation and high-quality work in the vineyard are the foundation for our grapes. The harvest of the best grapes and a certain restraint in the cellar allow our wines to evolve.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Matthias Runkel: We do not follow a pattern or a specific wine type. We want to produce exciting, unique wines that reflect their origins. Riesling and Pinot have the most finesse and longevity.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Christian Runkel: Our Riesling VDP.GUTSWEIN. It conveys our idea of wine, possesses character and provides abundant drinking pleasure.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Christian Runkel: Of the wines from the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® vineyards SCHARLACHBERG, HUNDERTGULDEN and HEERKRETZ.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Matthias Runkel: Out of love for working in nature, working independently and of course wine.
Christian Runkel: Quite late, I’ve always helped out at the winery, but after graduating from high school I first began studying law.
VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?
Matthias Runkel: Many winegrowers have shaped our path. We are very grateful for this collegial exchange in the world of wine.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Christian Runkel: As a new member of the VDP, we would naturally like to confirm our aspirations for quality and establish ourselves among the top German wine producers.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Christian Runkel: Both are constant companions from the vineyard to the glass. Our method of winemaking follows traditional methods. But implemented with contemporary innovations.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Christian Runkel: Appenheim is definitely worth a wine trip. Here you can hike in and at the foot of the HUNDERTGULDEN. From above you have an outstanding view over the valley – from our winery, by the way. The Restaurant Hundertguldenmühle has excellent cuisine and invites you to stop for a bite to eat.
VDP: If your wine were music, what would it be?
Matthias Runkel: It’s hard for me to commit, but it would definitely be unplugged.
Pictures: © VDP.Weingut Bischel
by Timo Volz