Discover Germany | Wine and Dine | Design Guide 2016
Main Photo: The Schuermer family. Bottom Right: Carmen Kurz tasting some wine.
Franconia winemakers with a sense for the extraordinary Franconia today is well known for its rich and dry white wines. Schürmer winery goes another way: the winery based in Ipsheim, a village between Würzburg and Nuremberg, is a winemaking exception focusing on red wines in a region mainly shaped by white wine production. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: SCHUERMER WINERY
Only 19 per cent of all vineyards in Franconia are used to grow red wine grape varieties. “We were the first who started producing red wine around Ipsheim,”says vineyard owner Carmen Kurz. Schürmer winery for example produces a fruity and soft, medium-dry Merlot wine. While Merlot grapes are very popular all over the world, they are a rarity in the Franconia wine region, today the sixth biggest wine-growing area in Germany. The Schürmer winery is a typical family business and even before becoming professional vintners they had owned small patches of vineyards, making wine for personal use only. In the late 1940s the family bought some of the vineyards at the foot of castle Hoheneck. “Later, in the 1980s, my parents established the winery. Me and my husband took over in 2012,” says Kurz. In 1983 her parents had bought some new vineyards and
had started to grow new vines. Their first vintage in 1986 was only a small one, because of frost damage to vines and grapes. One year later the first real batch of wine was finished and in 1990, with planting Pinot Noir, vines the red wine production started. No variety characterises Franconia more than the Silvaner, first grown here in the 17th century. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Schürmer winery also has a Silvaner white wine on offer. Under the name verde – meaning green like the grapes – they are selling white wines with straightforward character and taste, something to enjoy on every occasion. Schürmer winery looks for the outstanding: “We for example produce a Chardonnay, which is quite rare in this region,”says Kurz.
ing red wines: “We want to offer something special,” says Kurz. Pinot Noir wine, like the one Schürmer produces, is a German classic, famous for its softness and elegance. A local favourite mainly grown in the region is the Franconia Domina, a dense and fruity wine. All Schürmer wines can be tasted directly at the winery or bought online. www.schuermer.com
But above anything else the vintners are putting their heart and soul into produc-
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