06628 Naumburg OT Bad Kösen
Office HoursMo-Sa 10.00-18.00 sowie nach Vereinbarung
36% Silvaner, 14% Weissburgunder, 11% Riesling sowie u.a. Spätburgunder, Gutedel & Traminer
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Uwe Lützkendorf: Besides our wines, our history. We have been established in the area since 1500 and are one of the oldest wineries in the region. In 1959 our estate was forcibly converted into an LPG. Just in time for the end of my studies of fermentation and beverage technology, the wall came down in 1990. In retrospect, what happened then seems like a dream: two years of travelling in Bingen and the Hessische Bergstrasse followed, during which I earned my practical spurs, gained a lot of experience and met great people. In 1991 we got the vineyards back, but in a sad state. I then decided to revive our long family tradition and re-found the winery. Quite naive I set about getting the business back into shape. Fortunately, my father, who is a longtime cellar master and viticultural engineer, supported me: he took early retirement and had time to help me.
In addition, as a young company, we were supported by the VDP from the very beginning - which had to do with the fact that we were uncompromisingly committed to quality right from the start and quickly achieved respectable success with the first wines. In Saale-Unstrut we were the only private winery, in Saxony it was the Schloss Proschwitz winery of Georg Prinz zur Lippe that the VDP supported. In fact, both of us managed to apply for an audit as early as 1995, at turbo speed. In 1996, we were the first Central German wineries to be introduced to the press and television at the Weinhaus Huth on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz to be accepted into the VDP. And we have remained VDP members to this day! Our vineyards are among the top locations in the wine-growing region. One of them is the Hohe Gräte, a former Prussian model vineyard, which is similar to Burgundy in terms of its soil, which contains double quartzite and fibrous gypsum. And then the former limestone quarry, which we have renatured according to the original geology and turned into a real biotope. Both vineyards produce absolutely distinctive wines.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Uwe Lützkendorf: Organic viticulture close to nature. I see myself more as a traditionalist than a modernist. We treat the vineyard and the vines very carefully, pay attention to an ecological balance and harvest very late - by hand of course. After harvesting, we treat the wines very gently, with maceration periods of 10-14 hours if possible and preclarification only by sedimentation. In the cellar I attach great importance to very long yeast contact, for well-structured wines with a long shelf life. Most of our wines come from the steel tank; however, we would like to intensify the barrel ageing.
VDP: Which wine style do you strive for?
Uwe Lützendorf: Storable, multi-faceted, complex wines. Tasty landscapes, that is my goal. There will never be the perfect wine. But I always try to get a little bit closer to it.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't know your winery yet - as an introduction, so to speak?
Uwe Lützkendorf: To the let's say "unsullied" wine lover, I would recommend our Gutedel to slowly introduce him to our winery. But if I want to show someone as an "advanced" wine lover what Lützkendorf wines are, I pour him a Silvaner or Weißburgunder.
VDP:Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Uwe Lützkendorf: The 2007 GG Riesling HOHE GRÄTE. This is the first wine with which we became internationally known and won gold platinum in Singapore!
VDP: Why did you become a winemaker?
Uwe Lützkendorf: Actually, I wanted to become a veterinarian. Even so, I followed in the family's footsteps. Even as a small boy I was fascinated by the processes and smells of wine making. Like many of my colleagues, I was allowed to make my first attempts in a wine balloon at the age of 14 or 15. It is probably also a bit genetic that we Lütkendorfs have an affinity for wine - in 1346 the first Lützkendorf in Weimar bought a vineyard!
VDP:Do you have role models, mentors?
Uwe Lützkendorf: My father is my greatest critic and advisor. "The origin of wine quality lies in the vineyard" is one of his sentences. I also consider the previous generations of my family, who have preserved our vineyards as cultural heritage, to be great role models - and a great obligation.VDP: What are your next goals?Uwe Lützkendorf: To create new vineyards, to expand the ageing process in wooden barrels, to achieve even better selection in the vineyard.
VDP: How do you unite tradition and innovation?
Uwe Lützkendorf: Traditional fermentation processes in the cellar, long yeast aging, late bottling combined with gentle mechanisation - without using processes designed to make mainstream wines. In other words, well-crafted wines and technology only when it fits.
VDP: Why should one still visit your winery?
Uwe Lützkendorf: The region around us breathes 1000 years of history in all possible areas: Viticulture, architecture, culture. Just take the Naumburg Cathedral, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. And then the many orchids, the mild climate. Many call us the "Tuscany of the North"!