Friday, April 18, 2014

Pre-tour Visits: Schloss Neuweier, Franz Keller, von Gleichenstein, Dr. Heger and Restaurant Schwarzer Adler - The Sun-kissed German South (Germany-South) by ombiasy

Picture: Annette Schiller and Bettina Keller, Weingut Franz Keller, Oberbergen, Baden

From September 14 – September 20, 2014, we will explore three wine regions (Baden, Pfalz, southern Rheinhessen) in the south of Germany and will experience the German red wine revolution.

For the exact itinerary, prices and other questions, visit the ombiasy Public Realtions website:
ombiasy Public Relations.

See also:
Upcoming in September 2014: Germany Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasyPR - The Sun-kissed German South (Germany-South)

This tour is one of 3 tours by ombiasyPR coming up in 2014:
3 Wine Tours by ombiasy Coming up in 2014: Germany-North, Germany-South and Bordeaux

In preparation of the tour, Annette and I visited some of the wineries a few days ago. We focused on the wineries in Baden this time. Later in the year, and before the tour, we will also visit the wineries in the Pfalz and in Rheinhessen.

Below, I have copied the itinerary of the trip and supplemented it with pictures taken on the pre-tour visits and additional comments.

The Sun-kissed German South (Germany-South)

We will visit a total of 17 wineries (12 are members of the VDP, the German association of elite wine makers; 1 is in Alsace) in 3 different wine regions where predominantly other grapes than Riesling are planted: Baden, the most southern German wine region and Germany’s answer to Burgundy; Pfalz with its almost Mediterranean climate and voluptuous whites and reds; Southern Rheinhessen where a variety of white grapes and also Pinot Noir grow.

DAY 1: Sunday, September 14

09:30 am Departure by coach from Frankfurt am Main.
11:30 am Visit at winery Schloss Neuweier (VDP) in Baden-Baden-Neuweier.

Wine has been produced at this impressive 13th century castle for more than 700 years. About 100 years ago Riesling became the dominant grape and passion. Still today, winemaking takes place in the vaulted cellars that date back to the 17th century. The Rieslings grown in the steep vineyards produce sumptuous, racy wines with delicate fruit. In 2012 the Schätzle family bought the estate and continues to produce wines of uncompromising quality. Robert Schätzle, the winemaker, studied oenology and comes from a family with a long tradition of winemaking in the Kaiserstuhl region to the south.

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Robert Schaetzle, Weingut Schloss Neuweier - Robert Schaetzle

01:00 pm Wine pairing lunch at Röttele’s Restaurant in Schloss Neuweier.

Armin Röttele is a 1-Michelin star chef and I am sure that our lunch will be fabulous.

04:30 pm Cellar tour and tasting at winery Karl H. Johner in Bischoffingen, Baden, Kaiserstuhl.
07:00 pm Arrival and check-in at Mercure Hotel in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Evening on your own. Explore the 700 year old city and admire the Gothic Cathedral completed in 1513. Enjoy the view of the Black Forest Mountains to the East. If you are lucky you can also glimpse the Vosges Mountains to the West. Dinner on your own.

DAY 2: Monday, September 15

09:45 am Visit and tasting at winery Freiherr von Gleichenstein (VDP) in Oberrotweil, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

Since 1634, this estate has been in the hands of the family of the Baron von Gleichenstein. The estate comprises 75 acres of the finest vineyards exclusively planted with the classic Burgundy grapes. Baron Johannes and Baroness Christina von Gleichenstein manage the estate in the 11th generation. They aimed at producing top level wines: through consistent yield reduction and other measures to optimize quality, they produce wines that have won several awards, in particular the spectacular Pinot Noir.

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Christina von Gleichenstein, Weingut Freiherr von Gleichenstein, Oberrotweil

12:00 pm Wine paring lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

This 1-Michelin star traditional restaurant run by the Keller family of winegrowers offers a harmonious mix of Baden country charm and elegance. The menu is a successful marriage of French and German cuisine reflecting the frontier on the nearby Rhine River, which is the border between Germany and France. The impressive wine list boasts 2 600 different wines, including a good selection of bottles from both Baden and France.

Pictures: Lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler

02:00 pm Visit and tasting at winery Franz Keller (VDP) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

With the Keller family, which can trace its roots as winemakers and hoteliers back to the Thirty Year War in the early 17-hundreds, everything started with producing and offering outstanding food. Franz and his wife Irma, parents of the current owner, were among the first generation of chefs to start the German revolution in the kitchen more than forty years ago. Well beyond the immediate post WWII era, the urge to simply have enough food on the table – quantity over quality- lingered on. In 1969 Franz and Irma Keller and their restaurant Schwarze Adler were awarded one Michelin star, which the restaurant defends until today. For Franz Keller, the central idea of winemaking was to produce top quality wines that perfectly accompanied the creations in the kitchen. The current generation, Fritz and Bettina Keller have brought the winery to a new level. They just finished construction of a brand new winery that is an architectural landmark, beautifully integrated in the landscape. Their efforts to produce top wines, among them stunning Pinot Noirs, were acknowledged by their selection as new member of the VDP in 2013.

Pictures: Visit of Weingut Franz Keller

04.00 pm Visit and tasting at winery Huber (VDP) in Malterdingen, Breisgau, Baden.
06:30 pm Back at hotel in Freiburg.

DAY 3: Tuesday, September 16

09:30 am Visit and tasting at winery Dr. Heger (VDP) in Ihringen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

This estate is also one of the young wineries by German standards. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Max Heger, a country doctor. Today the winery is in the hands of the third generation. Joachim Heger and his wife Silvia are in charge of 50 acres planted primarily with Pinot Noir and the white Burgundy grapes. The winery lies in the Kaiserstuhl, a small volcanic group of hills in the Upper Rhine Valley in southwest Germany. The town of Ihringen enjoys the highest average temperature in Germany. While some fine Riesling and Silvaner gets made here, it is really Pinot country. The wines are rich, very well-structured, compact, but nevertheless elegant and subtle.

Pictures: With Winemaker Markus Mleinek, Weingut Dr. Heger and Weinhaus Heger in Ihringen

12:15 pm Lunch (beverages on your own) at restaurant Löwen in Heitersheim.
01:45 pm Cellar tour and tasting at winery Zähringer in Heitersheim, Markgräflerland, Baden.

Since 1844 the Weingut Zähringer makes wine in the Markgräflerland, in southern Germany right across the Rhine River from the Alsace region. This area benefits from lots of sunshine, a good terroir, and a mild climate that favors varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinots. In 1986 Walter Zähringer rigorously pursued quality control and was convinced that this can only be achieved through organic winemaking. In those days this philosophy was unimaginable, but as time went by Walter Zähringer and the estate manager Paulin Köpfer won regocnition. Today their long experience has become an asset in marketing organic wines, and they count among the pioneers of organic wine in Germany.

05:00 pm Visit and tasting at winery Maison Trimbach, Alsace, France.
07:00 pm Arrival and check-in at Hotel de la Tour in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.

DAY 4: Wednesday, September 17

10:00 am Visit and tasting at winery Friedrich Becker (VDP) in Schweigen, Pfalz.
12:00 pm Lunch (beverages on your own) at restaurant Deutsches Weintor in Schweigen.
03:30 pm Cellar tour and tasting at winery Ökonomierat Rebholz (VDP) in Siebeldingen, Pfalz.
06:15 pm Arrival and check-in at Hotel Ritter von Böhl in Deidesheim, Pfalz.

DAY 5: Thursday, September 18

09:40 am Visit and tasting at winery Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan (VDP) in Deidesheim, Pfalz.
11:45 am Walk to center of Deidesheim, lunch on your own.
02:20 pm Cellar tour and tasting at winery A. Christmann (VDP) in Gimmeldingen, Pfalz.
04:30 pm Visit at winery Weegmüller in Neustadt-Haardt, Pfalz.
06:00 pm We will have dinner paired with Weegmüller wines at the restaurant Eselsburg in Neustadt-Mussbach.

DAY 6: Friday, September 19

09:30 am Visit and tasting at winery Markus Schneider in Ellerstadt, Pfalz.
12:15 pm Arrival in Westhofen, Rheinhessen.
02:15 pm Visit and tasting at winery Wittmann (VDP) in Westhofen, Rheinhessen.
04:30 pm Visit and tasting at winery Klaus Peter Keller (VDP) in Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Rheinhessen.
07:15 pm Arrival and check-in at Hotel Merian in Oppenheim, Rheinhessen.

DAY 7: Saturday, September 20

09:30 am Guided sightseeing tour in Oppenheim.
12:00 pm Cellar tour, tasting and lunch at winery Gunderloch (VDP) in Nackenheim, Rheinhessen.
03:00 pm Arrival at Frankfurt airport.

Wineries

Wineries

This is a new tour, with a large number of southern producers of ultra-premium German wine included:

Schloss Neuweier

Karl H. Johner
Visiting Winemaker and Web 2.0 Guru Patrick Johner - Weingut Karl Heinz Johner and Johner Estate - in Baden, Germany
German Wine Makers in the World: Karl Heinz Johner in New Zealand

Freiherr von Gleichenstein
In the Glass: A 2007 Pinot Noir from the Gault Millau Shooting Star of the Year - Estate of Baron Gleichenstein

Fritz Keller

Huber
One of the Fathers of the German Red Wine Revolution: Weingut Huber in Baden

Dr. Heger
Joachim Heger, Weingut Dr. Heger: Winemaker of the Year, Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland 2013, Germany

Zaehringer

Maison Trimbach
A Feast with Jean Trimbach, Maison Trimbach in Alsace, and Chef Bart M. Vandaele at B Too in Washington DC, USA/France
Back in the Washington DC Area: Jean Trimbach Presented Maison Trimbach Wines at a Winemaker Dinner at Open Kitchen, USA (2013)
Visiting Jean Trimbach at Maison Trimbach in Ribeauville in Alsace (2011)
With Jean Trimbach from Domaine Trimbach, Alsace, at Bart M. Vandaele’s Belga Café in Washington DC (2011)
Jean Trimbach and the Wines of Maison Trimbach in Washington DC (2010)

Friederich Becker
5 Top Wine Makers at Premier Cru Wein Bistro in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Rebholz

Bassermann-Jordan

Christmann
The German Winemakers at the 4th Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle, USA
Steffen Christmann (Weingut A. Christmann) and Wilhelm Weil (Weingut Robert Weil) Presented the New Wine Classification of the VDP, Germany

Weegmueller
The World Meets at Weingut Weegmueller, Pfalz, Germany

Markus Schneider
The Wines Chancelor Merkel Served President Obama and Michelle Obama in Berlin (and the Wines she did not Serve), Germany
German Riesling and International Grape Varieties – Top Wine Makers Wilhelm Weil and Markus Schneider at Kai Buhrfeindt’s Grand Cru in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Wittmann
Germany's Top 16 Winemakers - Feinschmecker WeinGuide 2012

Klaus Peter Keller
Germany's Top 16 Winemakers - Feinschmecker WeinGuide 2012

Gunderloch
Visiting Agnes and Fritz Hasselbach at their Weingut Gunderloch in Nackenheim, Rheinhessen, Germany 
 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ombiasy PR and WineTours Website Redesigned

Pictures: All taken from ombiasy PR and WineTours Website

Ombiasy PR and WineTours is a wine events/tours company, based in Washington DC, US, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The company was founded and is run by Annette Schiller. Ombiasy PR recently redesigned its web site and incorporated the wine blog schiller-wine in its web presence.

Here is the link to the redesigned website: Ombiasy PR and WineTours

Ombiasy PR and WineTours – What We Offer

Expert, all-inclusive tours to wine regions in France and Germany.

Custom tailored tours to wine regions in France, Germany, and other wine regions around the world.

Planning and implementation of wine pairing dinners in the Washington DC area and Germany for wineries / châteaux.

Educational presentations on the wines of France and Germany (with and without accompanying tastings).

Conceptualization and organization of promotional events for the food and beverage industry.


Ombiasy PR and WineTours - What you get when you Travel with us

Guidance and instruction throughout the trip by Annette and Christian Schiller, a husband and wife team. We both are wine enthusiasts, seasoned wine tasters and know the wine regions like the back of our hands. We are fluent in English, German, and French.

Travel in the wine regions by luxury air-conditioned motor coach.

Accommodation in 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star hotels depending on availability in the regions, including breakfast buffets.

Lunches and dinners at excellent restaurants.

Wine pairing gourmet lunches and dinners at wineries / châteaux guided by the owners or sommeliers.

Winery tours of top estates and châteaux.

Access to wine estates normally not open to visitors.

Expert tastings of wines of the highest quality at top wine estates and châteaux.

The opportunity to meet with many of the wine estate and châteaux owners and winemakers.

Guided city tours and sightseeing tours of spectacular historical sites.

A very personal, authentic experience and total immersion in the particular wine region.

Ombiasy WineTours in 2014

3 wine tours to Germany and Bordeaux are planned for September – October 2014. As in previous years, the husband and wife team Annette and Christian Schiller will personally guide the tours throughout the trip. Through our friendships with many winemaker and owners, the tours are a very intimate, personal experience for everyone in the small group (10 people maximum) traveling with us.

Quintessential German Whites (Germany-North)

From September 04 – September 13, 2014, we will explore six (Saale-Unstrut, Franken, Rheingau, northern Rheinhessen, Mosel, Nahe) German wine regions with visits to 19 top wineries and cultural gems. We will get intimate insights into a selection of Germany’s best of the best wineries, normally closed to visitors. A cruise on the romantic Rhine River with its castle- and vine-ribboned banks, the Mosel valley with its dizzying steep vineyards, delving into 2000 years of history, and tasting first class wines under the guidance of great winemakers will be among the highlights. Special treats include wine pairing lunches and dinners with the owners and winemakers at prominent estates.


The tour follows the 2013 German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy, with the Franken region added, the Mosel Valley portion extended and the Pfalz region deleted (and included in the Sun-kissed German South Tour) and includes the following wineries: Pawis, Gussek, Kloster Pforta, Juliusspital, Bickel-Stumpf, Robert Weil, Kloster Eberbach, Jakob Jung, Thoerle, Kuehling-Gillot, Kuenstler, Peter Jakob Kuehn, Clemens Busch, Dr. Loosen, Maximin Gruenhaus (Von Schubert), Reichsgraf von Kesselstadt, Doennhoff, Kruger-Rumpf, Diel, Schaetzel.

The Sun-kissed German South (Germany-South)

From September 14 – September 20, 2014, we will explore three wine regions (Baden, Pfalz, southern Rheinhessen) in the south of Germany and will experience the German red wine revolution. We will visit 16 crème de la crème wineries in southern Germany, normally not open to visitors. We will cross the Rhine River and visit the Maison Trimbach in Alsace to taste the difference between German and Alsatian wines despite the geographic proximity. Among the highlights will be tasting first class Pinot Noirs with the winemakers, and experiencing the culinary South. A special treat will be wine pairing lunches at 1-Michelin-star restaurants.


This is a new tour, with a large number of southern producers of ultra-premium German wine included: Schloss Neuweier, Karl H. Johner, Freiherr von Gleichenstein, Fritz Keller, Huber, Dr. Heger, Zaehringer, Maison Trimbach, Friederich Becker, Rebholz, Bassermann-Jordan, Christmann, Weegmueller, Markus Schneider, Wittmann, Klaus Peter Keller, Gunderloch.

Immersion in Bordeaux

From September 22 – October 02, 2014, we will travel to the Bordeaux wine region with visits to 18 top Chateaux (15 are classified growth), closed to the normal passers-by, in Pessac-Léognan, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Entre-Deux-Mer, Sauternes, Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux. The harvest celebration at Château Phélan-Ségur, the in-depth visit of an oyster farmer, and witnessing the art of barrique making at a first class family run cooperage are among the highlights. Very special treats are the many gourmet wine pairing lunches and dinners in a very private setting at famous chateaux where we will be welcomed by the owners.


The tour follows closely the Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy, with a few estates changed: Pape-Clément, Domaine de Chevalier, Angélus, Canon La Gaffelière, Beauséjour, Figeac, Le Bon Pasteur, Tertre-Rôteboeuf, de Fargues, du Cros, Millésima, Earl Ostrea Chanca oyster farm, Le Reysse, Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Léoville Poyferré, Phélan Ségur, Lafon-Rochet, Latour, Cooperage Berger and Fils, Brane-Cantenac, Haut-Bailly.

Postings - 2013 German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy 

I have published a series of postings on the 2013 German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy. See here:

Ombiasy Wine Tours: Wine and Culture Tour to Germany Coming up in August 2013

German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy, 2013

Weingut Pawis in the Saale Unstrut Region - A Profile, Germany

Tasting at Weingut Balthasar Ress, Hattenheim, Rheingau, with Stefan Ress, Germany

Impromptu Winetasting with Alexander Jung, Weingut Jakob Jung, Erbach, Rheingau, Germany

A Tasting at Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn, Rheingau, with Angela and Peter Jakob Kühn, Germany

Tasting with Rita Busch at Weingut Clemens Busch in the Mosel Valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen Presented his Wines at Weingut Dr. Loosen, Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel Valley, Germany

Cellar Tour, Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Lunch with Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Nahe Valley, Germany

An Afternoon with Riesling Star Winemaker Helmut Doennhoff at Weingut Doennhoff in Oberhausen in the Nahe Valley, Germany

The World Meets at Weingut Weegmueller, Pfalz, Germany

Tasting with Johannes and Christoph Thoerle, Weingut Thoerle in Saulheim, Rheinhessen, Germany

Impressions from the Mainz Wine Market 2013, Germany

Postings - 2013 Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy

I have published a series of postings on the 2013 Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy. See here:

Ombiasy Wine Tours: Bordeaux Trip Coming up in September 2013

Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy

An Afternoon at Château Pape-Clément (in 2013), Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

Dinner at Château Canon La Gaffeliere, Appellation Saint-Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé, France

Visiting a “Holy” Construction Site: Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, France

Lunch at Château Le Bon Pasteur with Winemaker/Owner Dany Rolland, Pomerol, France

Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Beausejour in AOC Puisseguin-St.Emilion, France

Visit of an Ultra-premium Non-mainstream Bordeaux Producer: Tertre Rôteboeuf, with Owner and Winemaker François Mitjavile

Visiting and Tasting at Château Climens, with Owner Bérénice Lurton, Bordeaux, France 

Lunch, Tour and Tasting with Owner Catherine Thibault d'Halluin (nee Boyer) and Winemaker Julien Noel - Château du Cros, Château Mayne du Cros, Château Courbon and Clos Bourbon, Bordeaux, France

Visiting an Oyster Farm at Arcachon Bay, Bordeaux: Raphael Doerfler at Earl Ostrea Chanca , France

Tour and Tasting at Château Pontet-Canet, with Owner Alfred Tesseron, Bordeaux

Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Léoville-Poyferré, with Didier Cuvelier and Anne Cuvelier, France  

A Tour and Tasting at Château Lafon-Rochet in Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, with Winemaker and Owner Basile Tesseron (2013), France

A Tour and Tasting at Château Coufran, Haut-Médoc, with Co-owner Frédéric Vicaire, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Lynch-Bages in Bages, Bordeaux, France

Tour at Tonnellerie Berger and Fils: How is a Barrique Made? Bordeaux, France

Wine Dinner at Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé de Graves, France

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doepfner’s im Maingau Meets Frankfurt/Wein, with Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Chat Sauvage, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Picture: Wolfgang L. Feierfeil, Frankfurt/Wein, Frank Schubert, Weingut Battenfeld Spanier, Michael Staedter, Weingut Chat Sauvage, Werner Doepfner and Doepfner Junior

With its contemporary, light and fresh cuisine with a regional accent and a highly respected and renowned wine cellar, "Döpfner's im Maingau" is among the top restaurants in the Frankfurt am Main region.

Frankfurt/Wein is one of the best wine retail stores in Germany. It just won second place in the 2014 Best Wine Retail Shop Competition, organized by the German Wine Institute (DWI) in cooperation with the trade magazine WINE + MARKT.

Doepfner’s im Maingau and Frankfurt/Wein teamed up to present 2 of the leading German wine producers: Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Chat Sauvage.

Frankfurt/Wein

Frankfurt/Wein is owned and managed by Gernot Dorsch and Wolfgang L. Feierfeil. It is a stylish, chic wine store with a portfolio concentrating on German and French premium wines. In the German portfolio, you find all the big names like Doennhoff, Kuenstler, Dr. Loosen and many more, such as Battenfeld-Spanier and Chat Sauvage, well represented.

Picture: Gernot Dorsch, Frankfurt/Wein and Christian G.E. Schiller

Doepfner’s im Maingau

"Döpfner's im Maingau" is the hotel restaurant of Hotel Maingau, which has been owned and run by the Döpfner family for more than 60 years. In fact, 3 generations of the Döpfner family were present at the winemaker dinner. Werner Döpfner was in charge of the restaurant service, his son Joerg Doepfner was in charge of the cooking, Joerg’s wife received the guests and their young son was helping out in the kitchen and in the service. With its contemporary, light and fresh cuisine with a regional accent and a highly respected and renowned wine cellar, "Döpfner's im Maingau" is among the top restaurants in the Frankfurt am Main region.

Pictures: Hotel im Maingau, Christian G.E. Schiller, Chef Joerg Doepfner with his Father and his Son

See also:
The Best Restaurants in the Greater Frankfurt am Main Region, Germany
Frankfurt Top Trendy Restaurants – Feinschmecker 2012
Schiller's Favorite Apple Wine Taverns in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Schiller’s Favorite Wine Bars in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Weingut Battenfeld Spanier

Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier is in Hohen-Sülzen (Wonnegau area) close to the city of Worms in Southern Rheinhessen. The Spanier family has been making wine for generations. The vineyard area totals 18 hectares, with holdings in: Kirchenstück, Rosengarten und Sonnenberg (Hohen-Sülzen), as well as Frauenberg (Flörsheim). More than 50% of the area is planted with Riesling, as well as with Pinot Noir (20%), Pinot Blanc (8%), Silvaner, Chardonnay and other varieties.

Annual production is around 70.000 bottles of wine. The estate is a member of the VDP association. H. O. Spanier has been a member of the ECOVIN organic growers association since 1996. Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier is now fully biodynamic.

H.O. Spanier took over Weingut Spanier from his parents in 1993. In 1997, Weingut Spanier was merged with the neighboring Weingut Battenfeld to become Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier. Over the following years, H.O. Spanier singlehandedly transformed Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier into one of the most preeminent wine producers in Germany.

Pictures: Michael Staedter, Weingut Chat Sauvage, and Frank Schubert, Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier

Since 2006, H.O. Spanier has been married to Carolin Spanier-Gillot, also a gifted wine maker. She is a graduate of the famous Geisenheim College wine maker school, a co-founder of the Message in a Bottle association of young winegrowers and a member of the Vinissima. She is sometimes referred to the whirlwind among the young, women winegrowers in Germany. Carolin came with Weingut Kuehling-Gillot (Weingut Kuehling-Gillot came about by marriage in 1970 of Carolin’s parents, Roland Gillot and Gabi Kuehling).

Carolin and H.O have two children, who they hope will carry on the tradition of producing great wines. The family lives in Hohen-Suelzen.

Although both estates continue to produce wine under their respective names – Weingut Kuehling-Gillot and Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier - certain functions have been pooled. The tasting room and sales office for both estates is in Bodenheim at Weingut Kuehling-Gillot. As wine makers, both have stamped their wines with a unique signature, but it seems that H.O. is taking the lead in in terms of winemaking at both estates, while Carolin will be more active in terms of marketing and sales. Essentially, when it comes to the wines of Weingut Kuehling-Gillot and Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier, they carry the signature of H.O. Spanier.

At the dinner, the wines of Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier were presented by Frank Schubert, a former sommelier, who has been working with H.O. and Carolin for a number of years now.

See also:
The Wine Maker Couple H.O. Spanier and Carolin Spanier-Gillot, with Roland Gillot, Lead Wine Tasting of Kuehling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines at Weingut Kuehling-Gillot, Germany

2014 Germany (North) Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy

The upcoming Germany North Tour by ombiasy will include a visit of Weingut Kuehling-Gillot, where we will taste the whole range of the wines of H.O. Spanier with Frank Schubert again. For more information, see:

3 Wine Tours by ombiasy Coming up in 2014: Germany-North, Germany-South and Bordeaux
ombiasy Public Relations 

Weingut Chat Sauvage

Weingut Chat Sauvage is a relatively new wine producer in the Rheingau. It was founded in 2001. The vineyard area of Chat Sauvage totals 7 hectares. 4/5 of the production is Pinot Noir and 1/5 is Chardonnay. 2/3 of the vineyards are steep slopes. The Chat Sauvage vineyards are scattered around in the western part of the Rheingau.

Weingut Chat Sauvage is the baby of Günter Schulz and Michael Städter. The former has made his money and still is making his money outside of the wine industry. Wine, in particular Bourgogne varieties, is his passion. The latter has been running the winery right from its initial days.

Pictures: Michael Staedter, Weingut Chat Sauvage, Frank Schubert, Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier, and Gernot Dorsch, Frankfurt/Wein

The history of Weingut Chat Sauvage began in 1992, when Guenther Schulz started to make regular visits from Hamburg, where he lives, to the Rheingau in order to visit his daughter. He quickly fell in love with the region and began to think about making wine himself in the Rheingau. His first wines – couple of barrels - were made at Weingut Schamari-Mühle in Johannisberg, in cooperation with Erik Andersson.

Right from the beginning, the Chat Sauvage wines were sought after by wine lovers in Germany, which encouraged Guenter Schulz to push ahead with his passion. The next important step was the construction of a winery. He auctioned off his collection of fine wines at Christie’s in London and used the proceeds to buy more vineyard land and to construct a winery in Johannisberg in the Rheingau. Weingut Chat Sauvage moved into the new winery in August 2010.

While Guenter Schulz is the owner and the brain behind Weingut Chat Sauvage, the man on the ground is Michael Staedler, who is in his early 30s. He is the Managing Director and the Cellar Master of Weingut Chat Sauvage. He has been with Guenter Schulz from early on in the Chat Sauvage undertaking. His mother is from Oestrich Winkel in the Rheingau.

Michael started his career in the wine industry at Schloss Johannisberg, where he did a 3 years apprenticeship in winemaking. This was followed by studies in viticulture and oenology at the famous Geisenheim College. During his studies, Michael worked at the Weingut Schamari-Mühle, were Guenter Schulz started his Chat Sauvage journey in 2001. Thus, right from the beginning, Michael was part of the project. When Guenter Schulz decided to have his own winery, he asked Michael if he would be interested in joining him as Managing Director and Winemaker. Michael accepted. Before that, Michael had spent a year in the Bourgogne and ½ a year in Australia.

See also:
Weingut Chat Sauvage – Bourgogne in the Middle of the Rheingau: Meeting Chat Sauvage’s Winemaker and General Manager Michael Staedter, Germany
Chat Sauvage Versus Peter Querbach – An Impromptu Pinot Noir Wine Tasting with Kai Buhrfeind at His Grand Cru Wine Bar in Frankfurt, Germany

Das Menü

2008er Battenfeld-Spanier, Blanc de Blanc brut


Greetings from the Chef


Rettichcarpaccio mit grünem Spargelgitter, Ingwervinaigrette und gebratenen Scampi


2012er Chat Sauvage, Lorcher Pfaffenwies Riesling
2012er Battenfeld-Spanier, Eisbach Riesling trocken


Kaninchenrücken in Südtiroler Speckmantel auf Bachkresserisotto


2011er Chat Sauvage, Chardonnay “Clos de Schulz“
2010er Battenfeld-Spanier, Moelsheim Riesling trocken


Geschmorte Zickleinschulter auf Leipziger Allerlei


2010er Chat Sauvage Assmannshäuser Frankenthal Pinot Noir
2009er Battenfeld-Spanier, Kichenstueck Riesling Großes Gewächs aus der Magnum


Rosa gebratener Hirschrücken auf getrüffeltemn Blumenkohlpüree und Kräuterpolenta


2010er Chat Sauvage, Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Pinot Noir
2009er Battenfeld-Spanier, Kichenstueck, Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs


Trio vom Nougat und Passionsfrucht


2008er Chat Sauvage Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Auslese Riesling
2011er Battenfeld-Spanier, Zellerweg am Schwarzen Herrgott Riesling TBA


A Lively Conversation at the Table 

Great table.

Pictures: Gernot Dorsch, Frankfurt/Wein, Michael Staedter, Weingut Chat Sauvage, Frank Schreiber, Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier, Wolfgang L. Feierfeil, Frankfurt/Wein, Oliver Hess, Slow Food, Claudia Rehm and Christian G.E. Schiller

The Kitchen Team

A big thank you for a wonderful dinner.


Absacker

One of two.


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