K. F. Groebe
Mainzer Straße 18
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70% Riesling, je 10% Silvaner & Grauburgunder, 8% Spätburgunder u.a.
Lössboden mit Gehängelehm & tonigen, kiesigen Sanden im Untergrund (Aulerde), Kalksteinverwitterungsboden & Tonmergel (Kirchspiel, Morstein)
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Friedrich Groebe: In the eighth generation, we bring professional competence, experience, passion and love of viticulture to our WEINGUT K. F. GROEBE. These strengths characterise family life in a unique way and distinguish our wines.
We have been working according to ecological principles for generations without being blocked by legal regulations. Herbicides never got to know our vineyards. We believe that sustainable and careful handling of the nature entrusted to us is more important than an organic label on the bottle.
All our wines come from grapes that have grown in our own vineyards. This is what is particularly important to us in the age of ‘ever more and ever greater’.
Traditional craftsmanship is the foundation of our work rather than a renaissance. Our winery’s large barrel cellar is over 500 years old and lies deep below the historic market square of Westhofen. Vinification in wooden cask is in the foreground, but we also allow space for modern vinification methods and develop techniques for the coming generations.
We give our customers the freedom to get to know the wines in their own personal way and abstain from flowery wine descriptions as far as possible, because everyone experiences taste, harmony and quality in a very individual way. This experience is unique and we do not want to withhold this from our guests.
VDP: Was ist Ihre Weingutsphilosophie?
Friedrich Groebe: Besinnung auf das Wesentliche! Das bedeutet für Weine aus unserem Hause: Wir produzieren bei allen unseren Weinen ausschließlich authentische, charaktervolle Originale und kopieren keine anderen Weinstile. Und das mit 100 Prozent persönlichem Einsatz in Weinberg und Keller.
Im Weinberg zu arbeiten, gibt mir ein tiefes Gefühl von Freiheit und Zufriedenheit und prägt mein Leben und meine grundsätzliche Einstellung dazu.
VDP: Welchen Wein-Stil streben Sie an und haben Sie eine Lieblingsrebsorte?
Friedrich Groebe: Mein Wein-Stil ist geprägt von Erfahrung, Fachwissen und einem Quentchen Mut und Gelassenheit, was man sich in der heutigen Zeit bewahren sollte. Riesling ist die Rebsorte, die ich besonders liebe und die mich jedes Jahr aufs Neue fordert und begeistert. Aber auch den Burgundersorten und dem für unsere Region typischen Silvaner widme ich meine gesamte Aufmerksamkeit, denn auch hier ist Authentizität das Wichtigste für mich. Es ist am Ende ein sehr persönlicher Wein-Stil, der sich besonders durch die Harmonie und Balance in den Weinen auszeichnet.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Friedrich Groebe: Riesling 1763, a dry Kabinett from its origin, which is named after the year the winery was founded. It is simply a wonderfully refreshing wine.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Friedrich Groebe: Of course, all of them, but the small and large wine bottles in our treasure trove make me particularly proud. We look back on wines from our family until 1911. Such values form the backbone of every renowned winery and are proof of competence and winery history.
Basically, every new vintage makes me proud, because every year it is exciting to accompany our grapes into becoming unique wines, to guide them and finally, to present them.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Friedrich Groebe: Another profession never came into question for me. Being a winegrower means passion for wine, for creativity and for freedom.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Friedrich Groebe: Many people have made lasting impressions on me and have shown me interesting perspectives. Among these people are Bernhard Breuer and Prof. Helmut Becker who accompanied me during my studies as mentors. Fritz Hasselbach from the VDP Gunderloch Winery was a good friend and mentor. I accepted many ideas from him and then, together with him and his wife Agnes, was able to lay the foundations for the VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE® in Rheinhessen. A friendship developed which still connects our families.
I continue to be fascinated by Felix Clerget, a winegrower in Pomard, Burgundy. His special understanding for the harmony of food and wine has strongly influenced me.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Friedrich Groebe: One does not exclude the other. I see my task in preserving and passing on the collective winegrowing experience gained by my family over centuries, but at the same time bringing in my own signature.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Friedrich Groebe: It’s simply beautiful here in Westhofen. There are numerous favourite places, including our vineyard cottage in der VDP.GROSSE LAGE® KIRCHSPIEL or ‘Auf der Schenk’, one of the oldest cadastral sites with old natural stone enclosures. I also like to spend time in our old family vineyard in MORSTEIN, which offers a view of the Mittelhardt and the vastness of an old cultural landscape. We are also happy when we can sit in the garden around the winery with a glass of Riesling. We love to share this with our friends, colleagues and customers.