Discover Germany | Special Theme | ProWein 2017
Discovering new tastes with organic wines from south-western Germany The vineyards around the Kaiserstuhl in Baden-Wuerttemberg are famous for high-quality wines. Situated in Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen vineyard Abril is the largest organic winemaker in the region. Successfully combining innovation and tradition, the young team strive to make wines with unique character. Eva-Maria Köpfer, sommelier and vineyard manager.
TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: WEINGUT ABRIL
“Craftsmanship is important to us,” says sommelier and vineyard manager Eva-Maria Köpfer.“Our wines are perfectly ripened, straightforward, with a mineral taste but without fuss.” Abril has three ranges of wine: Fruit, basic wines ripened in steel barrels; Stone, wines ripened in wine casks; and Time, selected wines ripened in barrique barrels. “Farming eco-friendly and sustainable is very important to us,” says Köpfer, even though it might take more effort. Abril’s young team brings in new ideas while honouring the vineyard’s long tradition. “We may be young, but luckily also traditional. We do not follow every trend
Daniel Hank, cellarer.
and have a classic, clear style. And that is something we are proud of.” One of the chefs’ favourite wines is a Müller-Thurgau, a white wine from Abril’s fruity range. “This grape variety has sadly enough lost its popularity.”But now young vintners want to make sure the wine’s potential is honoured again. “We ferment this wine with a tasteless yeast, so that its true character emerges: Our Müller Thurgau has a very natural fruity aroma, a great minerality without any heaviness,” explains Köpfer.“We simply want to make wines we love to drink ourselves.” www.weingut-abril.de
Hall 13, stand C89/C90 at ProWein 2017.
Two brothers on a mission Wine label Bicking & Bicking is a true newcomer amongst its peers. The brothers Achim and Lukas Bicking are determined to follow their instincts and are not afraid to start from scratch. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: ANDREAS DURST
Achim and Lukas grew up on their parent’s wine estate in North Palatinate. Initially they were going to run the parental vineyard but soon it became clear that the brothers clashed with their father’s views on winemaking. Last year they cut ties and took over a vineyard in Wallhausen by the Nahe. “We love clarity and authenticity,” Lukas explains. “We pay great attention to our wine’s straight-forward structure, which does not primarily come from the fruit but more from the soil’s character. The spontaneous fermentation through wild yeast in the vineyard as well as the maturing process in wooden barrels, are very important in order to bring out each wine’s variety of flavours.” 40 | Issue 48 | March 2017
The soil properties of the Nahe-area are extremely versatile, which Riesling especially benefits from, hence the brothers plan to focus on their Riesling production and fully explore the soil’s advantages. White wines are close to their hearts and their selection includes Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc, MüllerThurgau but also the red wine Pinot Noir.
In the upcoming years, the Bicking brothers will switch to organic production and continue their mission to find the perfect wine. Lukas adds with a smile: “We do not just want to make wine, we want to create moments that bring happiness - in liquid form.” www.bickingundbicking.de
Achim and Lukas Bicking.
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