Wine is a craft

It is a great privilege to cultivate vines in one of the few places in the world that endows us with such fine, dry Riesling and Burgundy wines. Our goal is not to follow every new style of wine short-sightedly but rather to produce wines that stand in a long tradition of top-quality wines. We want to capture an exceptional taste experience in bottles that only the Pfalz, Mittelhaardt and our vineyards around Gimmeldingen and Königsbach are able to bring forth.

"GENTLE HAND-PICKING, SPONTANEOUS FERMENTATION, AGING IN WOODEN BARRELS AND A LOT OF HANDWORK.”

Steffen Christmann

RIESLING

In the cellar, less is more to create authentic wines. Our goal is not to follow every new style of wine short-sightedly but rather to produce wines that stand in a long tradition of top-quality wines. Riesling is the DNA of Mittelhaardt and our family. No other grape variety is so closely linked to the fate of the Pfalz region. Gentle hand picking, slow pressing, spontaneous fermentation, aging in wooden barrels lots of manual work and time form the foundation of our wines. In the past few years we have become less strict with the pre-clarification of our wines. Thanks to more trub, fermentations have become warmer and our Rieslings evermore puristic and spicy.

"WE LIMIT OURSELVES TO THE VARIETIES THAT BRING FORTH THE FINEST WINES IN THE REGION: RIESLING AND SPÄTBURGUNDER."

Sophie Christmann

PINOT NOIR

In addition to Riesling, Pinot Noir has gained importance for our winery again. With Sophie, the 8th generation got to work in 2018. Fascinated by the great Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, it is her passion to become leading here. Thanks to cold maceration, 20 to 30 percent of whole clusters in fermentation, little pigeage and early pressing, fine and long Pinot Noirs with charming tones of cherry fruit develop. The basis is formed by old Pinot Noir vines, complimented by younger vine selections we brought directly from Burgundy the last few years. None of this would be possible, however, if the vines were not planted in vineyards whose marl limestone closely resembles the soil in Burgundy. Combined with the production knowhow Sophie acquired in France and Baden, we were able to bring a new dimension to our winery.