News and Happenings from the Members

VDP Estates Front and Center at ProWein 2016

The VDP is proud to host the largest joint stand of any German winemaking organization at this year’s ProWein trade fair. 131 VDP estates will be on hand in Hall 14 for the three-day event (13 – 15 March 2016), presenting the first bottlings of the 2015 vintage. To get you ready for your visit, we've put together a brief summary of key changes from the past year at some of our estates. There are plenty of new wines, new designs and new faces.

News from the Estates


Weingut Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein I Baden
ProWein will mark the first vintage from "Laufer Gut Alsenhof," a newly classified monopole. With a history dating back to the 14th century, this 3.5 ha, south-facing vineyard, notable for steep slopes ranging up to 50%, is currently planted with Spätburgunder.
The vertical, cracked structure of the weathered gneiss and colored sandstone allow the vines to dig their roots in firmly, opening up a strong supply of rich nutrients. The Spätburgunder fruit shows opulent notes of dark berries and cherries. Delicate vanilla flavors soften the tightly structured tannins.

Bürgerspital zum HI. Geist I Franken                                            700 YEARS
2016 will see Stiftung Bürgerspital zum Hl. Geist celebrate its 700th birthday.
It's unlikely that Johannes von Steren imagined that his Bürgerspital, a charitable organization to care for the poor and elderly, would 700 years later be revered as one of the oldest winegrowing foundations in the world. His donation of thirteen 'Morgens' of vineyards (approx. 10 ha) was initially intended to help the foundation satisfy its own needs but today is the heart of a 120 ha estate and its world-class vineyards. In addition to its normal portfolio, the estate will have a set of two commemorative Bocksbeutel bottles on hand for ProWein.

Juliusspital | Franken     
                             Relaunch VDP.GUTSWEIN
For the 2015 vintage, Weingut Juliusspital has completely redesigned the presentation of its VDP.GUTSWEIN range. This includes a full reworking of the label and the decision going forward to fill the wines into the traditional German Schlegel bottle form.

Weingut May | Franken        
Weingut Rudolf May has redesigned the look of its bottles for the 2015 vintage. While the label's core elements have been retained, with the logo still at its center, the overall presentation has received a distinctly modern flair.

Weingut am Stein | Franken      
After more than a year of construction, 20 September 2015 saw the ceremonial opening of the new heart of the vinification process — the STEINKELLER (Stone Cellar). "We view the STEINKELLER as a refuge for all the grand & authentic wines from our vineyard. It is a special, magical place, especially when it comes to factors like longevity, maturation and development." (Ludwig Knoll)

Weingut Roth | Franken                NEW WHITE WINE: "‘m Pfarrer seiner"
Genesis: extended cold maceration, wild yeast fermentation and maturation in large casks of locally sourced Wiesenbronn oak. Result: an expressive wine of great structure and concentration. Name: keeping with the estate's highly descriptive tradition for naming vineyards ("an der Herrschaft," "der Große," "unterm Kreuz," "der von der Renate" etc.), this new moniker refers to the fact that the site once belonged to a pastor friend of the estate:
"`m Pfarrer seiner." An unconventional extension of the portfolio, filled in Burgundy-style bottles and graced with a custom label.
Beyond this, the estate is celebrating a new addition to its sparkling range: barrel fermented, méthode traditionelle Brut Natur — as with all sparkling Roth wines, 100% estate produced and bottled.

Gut Hermannsberg I Nahe
                               EXTENDED MATURATION FOR GG
Gut Hermannsberg gave the 2014 vintage of the KUPFERGRUBE GG two years to mature, with a planned market release of 1 September 2016.

Weingut Kruger-Rumpf I Nahe 
In early 2015, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf began cultivating 1.5 hectares in the St. Ruppertsberg site at Bingerbrück Abbey (100% Riesling). The vineyard, first planted in 1937, belonged to the Cloister of St. Hildegard v. Bingen. The estate will be debuting its new labels at ProWein.

Weingut Kesselstatt| Mosel                                NEW PRESSING HOUSE
Construction of the new pressing house kicked off in November 2015 and should be concluded just in time for the 2016 harvest.
The estate's 2105 Sommerpalais Riesling, to be available from 15 February, is the latest edition of its classic and refreshing summer wine — with a new label for the vintage, as always.

Weingut Müller-Catoir I Pfalz  
2015 marks the successful completion of the transition to organic viticulture at Weingut Müller-Catoir.?

Weingut Pfeffingen I Pfalz                        LIBRARY SELECTION |  RED RIESLING
Grand Rieslings need time to develop. The "Library selection" is Weingut Pfeffingen's way of acknowledging this truth. The wines of the "Library Selection" line are allowed to mature for at least five years — not unlike a paper-bound library collection — in the winery's cool and dark cellar. The wines come exclusively from the estate's pair of world-class Ungstein sites, the HERRENBERG and the WEILBERG. Only 500 bottles of each are produced. The estate selects one single standout wine for this collection each year. 2016 will mark the first time that a wine from the new "Library Selection" — in this case the 2010 HERRENBERG Riesling GG — will be presented at ProWein. It promises customers a premium quality glass of Riesling matured under optimal conditions.
The estate was also the first in the Rheinland-Pfalz to plant Red Riesling, harvesting its first fruit in 2015. The 'Rote Riesling' will make its debut at the estate's ProWein stand.

Weingut Hans Lang I Rheingau                                KAUFMANN LINE
Weingut Hans Lang's new owner, Urban Kaufmann, is proud to introduce a new range to the estate's portfolio: the Kaufmann wine. The design of the new line seeks to express the centuries-old and complex structures of its Rheingau terroir in a clean and clear manner.
The debut vintage sets the stage for the estate's new winemaking philosophy: clear, precise and elegant Rieslings with a distinct Rheingau flavor.
The new range includes a Rheingau Riesling – dry, precise and nuanced with a delicate fruitiness; the Tell Riesling – rich with opulent fruit notes grown in one of the Hattenheim sub-district's finest sites; and the Wisselbrunnen – a single site vineyard beloved for its clarity, tension and nuance.

Weingut Leitz I Rheingau                             NEW WINES | NEW CONSTRUCTION
Always a popular ProWein draw for its strong quality and diversity, 2015 will see a few new surprises at Weingut Leitz. The 2015 vintage marks the premier of a 2015 Riesling Rüdesheimer Drachenstein trocken Erste Lage from the Rüdesheimer Berg as well as a 2015 ROTTLAND Riesling Auslese and a 2015 SCHLOSSBERG Riesling Beerenauslese.
A new administrative building and tasting room will also open next to the winery in summer 2016.

Prinz von Hessen I Rheingau  
The estate is celebrating new export successes in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Maldives as well as a new corporate identity and design for its labels and publications.

Weingut J. Neus I Rheinhessen                INVESTMENTS in WINERY and GROUNDS
The traditional Spätburgunder estate is gearing up for the years to come with a complete renovation of its historic buildings and cellar. This includes the villa and park, new event spaces for weddings, birthdays and seminars and a new sales space and tasting room.  The cellar is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and new barrels. A complete redesign of the estate's corporate identity is also planned, including a new logo and labels.

Graf Adelmann |Württemberg            TRANSITION TO ORGANIC WINEGROWING
Last year the estate converted 4 ha of its vineyard holdings to organic viticulture. EU certification was approved on 1/1/2016.

Karl Haidle I Württemberg                        ALL ORGANIC | ORANGE WINE
Weingut Karl Haidle is pursuing a new path through its transition to organic winegrowing — including the first orange wine in its program. The estate is among the oldest in the Rems Valley. Its roughly 19 ha are cultivated to produce wines that meet the highest quality standards as well as a distinctive varietal typicity.


Weingut Roth | Franken
The torch has been handed off to the next generation — patriarch Gerhard Roth has given the helm to his daughter Nicole.
Weingut Karthäuserhof I Mosel
Johannes Rumpf assumed the role of General Manager at Weingut Karthäuserhof on 1 October 2015.

Weingut Kesselstatt | Mosel
Viticultural Specialist Mona Loch recently joined the Kesselstatt team as its new Sales Director.

Gut Hermannsberg I Nahe
Achim Kirchner and Karsten Peter are the new managing directors at Gut Hermannsberg. Tobias Fricke joined the estate's sales team on 1 March 2015.

Weingut Kruger-Rumpf I Nahe

Philipp Rumpf assumed leadership of marketing and sales at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf on 1 July 2015. He is returning to the estate following studies in beverage technology, a position as a sales engineer and a Master's degree in Marketing and Sales Management from Hamburg.

Weingut Leitz I Rheingau
Weingut Leitz was proud to add Carolin Leyens to the Back Office/Sales team and Markus Roll to the Administration and Sales Team, both in September 2014. Sven Wöllenstein is now the second cellarmaster.

Prinz von Hessen I Rheingau
Oliver Chegrani joined Weingut Prinz von Hessen in June 2015 as a Brand Ambassador.

Weingut J. Neus I Rheinhessen    

Anne Thein took over the mantle of Operations Manager for Weingut J. Neus in 2014.

From the Regional Associations - NEW MEMBERS

VDP.Mosel | Saar | Ruwer

On 1 January 2016 Weingut Maximin Grünhaus Schlosskellerei C. von Schubert became the latest member of VDP.Mosel.

Weingut Rings from Freinsheim was accepted into the VDP on 1 June 2015. Including the new estate, VDP.Pfalz now counts 26 members.


Rheinhessen was also proud to welcome a new member under the VDP eagle's wings.
Weingut Schätzel from Nierstein officially entered the association's ranks as of 1 January 2016. With the new entrant, VDP.Rheinhessen now totals 16 members.

Starting with the 2015 vintage, VDP.Rheinhessen has committed to producing its Ortsweine (village level wines) exclusively from VDP.ERSTE LAGEN and VDP.GROSSE LAGEN. This push for superior quality in Rheinhessen VDP.ORTSWEIN underscores the unique priority given to this classification level in the winegrowing region. It also promotes greater awareness of the three-level system as practiced in Rheinhessen.