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Main image: Autumnal vineyard in Eglisau. – Photo: Heinz Gutersohn, magic-eye.ch Top Right: The small town of Eglisau. – Photo: Weingut Pircher Bottom Right: Barriques. – Photo: Weingut Pircher
The importance of gentle processing On the bank of the Rhine, in close proximity to the town of Eglisau, lies the winegrowing estate Pircher. Here, Urs Pircher produces and sells exceptional red and white wines which impress with their profound taste. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF
The location of the Pircher winery is just one feature that makes Urs Pircher’s wines worth a try. Situated on a steep little hill on the Rhine, all of Pircher’s vines grow on six hectares of southfacing wine terraces – known as the region’s prime location for winegrowing. “For us, the grape processing is the most important bit. We invest in grape care and only harvest the best grapes,”explains Urs Pircher, owner of the winery. He adds: “We use a minimum of additives and only
Above: Eglisau. – Photo: Weingut Pircher Right: Urs and Cécile Pircher. – Photo: Weingut Pircher
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harvest around 500 to 600 grammes per square metre as we solely target highquality grapes. We treat the soil with care and harvest by hand. After harvesting, we process the grapes as gently as possible. That means that we, for example, waive pumping the mash and put emphasis on long standing times.”After that, the white wines are stored in steel tanks, the red wines are put into large oak barrels and for more powerful red wines, Urs Pircher swears by small wooden barrels.
This laborious process ensures profound wines with exceptional taste that have the soil’s character. Winery Pircher’s white wine portfolio ranges from a floral, fruity Pinot Gris or an exciting, spicy Gewürztraminer to fruity, elegant Riesling wine which is the newest addition to the winery’s portfolio. Even the long-established Räuschling wine, which can barely be found anywhere else these days, is grown on the estate.“It impresses with its lively, delicate nuances and is the perfect accompaniment to trout,” says Urs Pircher. However, the winery is especially known for their Pinot Noirs, the so-called Blauburgunder. One of the world’s best red wine grapes, the Pircher winery offers four different wines: the fruity-fresh Federweisser, the region’s traditional, fruityelegant Blauburgunder, the full-bodied Blauburgunder Auslese for which selected grapes get pressed after a long maceration time, as well as the subtle Pinot Noir which matures in barriques (barrels) for 18 months. www.weingut-pircher.ch
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