f o r s tâ€‰
forst › germany
Located in Palatinate (Pfalz) which is in the southern part of RhinelandPalatinate, this famous winevillage is about midway on the German wine route between the western border of the Rhine valley and approximately one hour south of Frankfurt/Main. Protected from western winds by the Palatinate Forest, the soft slopes of the terroir are exposed to the sun from morning to dawn resulting in a Mediterranean climate. This is why the region is often referred to as the German Tuscany. Besides the winegrapes (vitis vinifera), wild fig and bitter lemon trees, chestnut and almond trees as well as kiwi grow along the German wine route. The Rhine valley itself was a seabed some 250 million years ago and 200 million years later developed volcanic activity. Jurassic rock such as sandstone and limestone from seashells as well as basalt and its decomposition materials reflect this past. Hot springs and thermal spas along the German wine route remind of the fracture zone that once formed the Rhinevalley.
forst an der weinstrasse
Lucashof Estate Winery and vineyards are owned and operated by the Lucas family and the estate is regarded among the best wine producers in the Pfalz. The Estate has vineyards in the regions best known appellations, legally defined and protected geographical indications, including Forster Ungeheuer, Forster Pechstein and Forster Musenhang. The soil and climate of Forst, referred to as terroir, provide the best possible preconditions for terroir expressive, top quality wines.
Hans, Christine & Klaus Lucas
Klaus and Hans Lucas, as well as Christine, the wife of Klaus are graduates of the renowned Geisenheim School of Oenology. They took over the operational business when Edmund Lucas retired. While Hans is in charge of the vineyards, Klaus focus is on the winemaking. Christine is devoted to customer service, marketing and sales and also enjoys looking after her three children. The oldest daughter, Kathrin has now stepped into her parentsâ€™ footsteps. She had been the regionâ€™s wine queen in 2009 and graduated from the Geisenheim School of Oenology.
family and team
The Lucashof Estate Winery employs environmentally sound, viticultural techniques and organic cultivation, which means that Hans and Klaus use neither herbicides nor insecticides and utilize organic fertilizers. Meticulous mechanical care is given to the soil and the vine. They sow various grasses and herbs in the vineyards to fertilize the grapevine, to protect the soil and to activate microorganisms which increase soil vitality. They spray only biological materials that protect and strengthen the vine, the grapevine leaves and the grapes themselves when necessary. All Lucashof Estate bottled wines are made from hand harvested grapes from the Estateâ€™s own vineyards. The harvest is limited (yield reduction) through restrictive vine pruning in winter, supplemented by partial removal of grapes and grape leaves in summer. The grapes are harvested when they reach their optimum in ripeness. All of these efforts result in high extract, variety-typical wines with fine terroir characteristics. The botrytis infection known as noble rot removes water from the grapes, which leads to a higher percent of solids, such as sugar, fruit acids and minerals. This results in a more intense, concentrated wine with a honeysuckle aroma and a balanced finish.
the lucas vineyards
Klaus & Philipp Lucas
In the cellar, Klausâ€™ philosophy is to minimize intervention at every step of the winemaking process. The grapes are gently pressed and are slowly fermented to preserve all aromas and flavors. The yeast is developing naturally and is not added, which again, reflects the terroir and grape characteristics. Natural sedimentation is used to clarify the wine and to separate from the yeast. All of this results in some of the most superior wines the Pfalz has to offer. Klaus has perfected traditional methods and implements his contemporary oenological knowledge. Since every vintage represents a new challenge, Klausâ€™ approach is to allow common sense, expert knowledge, intuition and natureâ€™s way to guide his winemaking process, while employing the bare minimum of technical intervention necessary. His goal is to make a wine that is typical for the vintage, the type of grape and the terroir. Through high dedication, attention to detail and thoughtful care in the vineyard and the cellar, Lucashof wines surpass highest quality standards.
the wine cellar
Proximity to the Palatinate forest allows for ideal water retention in the soil bringing about the best balance of acidity in wine.
A wind protected and sunny terroir midway on the hillside brings about „monstrous“ wines and optimum fruit maturity.
Acreage: 8.83 hectares / 21.8 acres Grapes: Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Weißburgunder Geography: 160 – 220 m above sea level, steeper toward the forest rim. Soil: lime-stone gravel and clayey sand.
Acreage: 29.15 hectares / 72.0 acres Grapes: Riesling and Scheurebe. Geography: 120 – 170 m above sea level, south and south-east, 40% flat, 60% sloped hills steeper toward the Palatinate forest. Soil: red and yellow sandstone, limestone-gravel and basalt.
The proximity to the village allows grapes to develop full FORSTER PECHSTEIN ripeness and a well balanced acidity. A former volcano located in the Palatinate Forest above Forst spread large amounts of volcanic rock across this Acreage: 55.51 hectares / 137.2 acres site. Basalt veins spread deep in the underground. Basalt Grapes: Riesling, Weißburgunder, Spätburgunder, rock is also found on the surface. Silvaner, Gewürztraminer Geography: 110–120 m above sea level, the property borders Forst in the east and is flat. Soil: clayey sand, sandy clay.
Depending upon the grapes grown, accessible, complete and balanced wines grow on the property. Acreage: 42.77 hectares / 105.7 acres Grapes: Riesling, Weißburgunder, Dornfelder, Spätburgunder, Portugieser Geography: 115 – 137 m above sea level, the property is flat and extents toward the Rhine valley. Soil: Sand, clayey sand, but also light sand, quite inhomogeneous.
Acreage: 15.31 hectares / 37.8 acres Grape: Riesling Geography: 120 – 160 m above sea level, high heat storage of the soil due to the basalt rock, slope south-east oriented, steeper toward the forest rim. Soil: basalt, red and yellow sandstone.
The clayey light and sandy soil brings about fruity wines with a harmonic and soft acidity. Botrytized grapes (noble rot) develop in most years. Acreage: 7.89 hectares / 19.5 acres Grapes: Riesling, Spätburgunder Geography: 120 – 145 m above sea level, the property borders the village of Forst in the south and is flat. Soil: red and yellow fine sandstone gravel, clayey light sand.
the terroir and its characteristics
The elegant country hotel Lucashof, run by Christine Lucas, is in line with the winery and its products. Experience the Palatine lifestyle in seven double rooms: comfortable and stylish with a Mediterranean flavour â€“ with modern bathrooms, balcony or terrace offering full view over the top wine domains of the Palatinate and over the meadow marshes around Forst. The breakfast room with its view over the Haardt Mountain range and a large room for conferences and festivities give the house its special touch. Outdoors, a small quiet park awaits the guests. A glass of wine savoured under the pergola between sandstone walls tastes like the landscape: light, tangy, cheerful. Imagine your most beautiful day: a calm hotel with southern European flair, a touch of Tuscany, a landscape to fall in love with, a bottle of good wine and lots of time to enjoy all this. In the Palatinate region, you may find such a place where everything is just right and where you may live light-heartedly: the Lucashof. It is situated at only a few metres distance from the German Wine Route at the outskirts of the picturesque wine village Forst that is famous throughout the world for its Riesling wines.
country hotel lucashof
Estate Winery Lucashof Proprietor Klaus Lucas › Wiesenweg 1a › D-67147 Forst Weinstraße › Germany Phone +49 6326 336 Fax +49 6326 5794 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lucashof.de