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Winemaker profile: Stefanie Weegmüller

The wine women of Weegmüller are part of over 300 years of remarkable winemaking history.

Weingut Weegmüller is considered the oldest winery in Pfalz. This is quite a feat in an area with so much history but their reputation for great winemaking has long and solid foundations dating back centuries. The winery was started in 1685 and has been in the family for an impressive 12 generations. The family’s origins can be found in Zurich, Switzerland but they can date their time in Haardt back to 1657.  Despite all this history they still have a consistently forward looking focus, always striving to maintain and improve the quality of their wines.

Today, the winery remains based in the same baroque buildings that have been on the site since the 1730s. Weegmüller is set apart by being one of very few German wineries run exclusively by women. Today, sisters Gabriele and Stefanie Weegmüller work together to drive the business forward and ensure the continuing production of high quality wines. Their focus on quality and terroir means they carefully consider which grape varieties and wine styles will best show the region as its finest. With Gabriele managing the commercial side, Stefanie is able to focus fully on creating the best possible wines which rightly earn their reputation for excellence.

Stefanie has been Cellar Master for more than 30 years and was notably one of the first female winemakers in Germany at a time when the industry was especially male dominated. Her career began in 1984 when she took over winemaking responsibility from her father and a reputation for technical prowess and a clear passion for precise winemaking was quickly evident. As a result, Stefanie has spent over 25 years making some of the highest quality wines in Pfalz. She demonstrates a thorough understanding of the complex winemaking process but also imbues a lot of heart and soul in to Weegmüller’s wines. This enables the production of classic wines which are delicate and pure, perfectly expressing the terroir and showing generous fruit and length.

 

News from the Rheingau

News from Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau and the verdict is a brilliant, and record-breaking, 2017 harvest…

The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Planted solely with Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world’s first Riesling Estate and plays a significant part in wine history.

2017 in the Rheingau started very cold and extremely dry with a drought that lasted until March. Quite a contrast to the previous March in 2016 which was one of the warmest months in the Rheingau since records began! The outcome saw the vines starting to shoot on the 12th April and therefore about 14 days earlier than usual – another new record for Schloss Johannisberg.

A very warm May followed which also brought a long-awaited rainfall, which was very important for the vine development. The weather conditions in summer that followed this were very good for the vine, resulting in a ripening period that started at the beginning of August. Another record-breaking early harvest was emerging…

The harvest began in the middle of September and thanks to the good water supply from the previous months, the berries had a very thin skin, resulting in a beautiful and healthy botrytis. A pre-selection of the vineyards was therefore necessary, which ultimately had a very positive effect on the quality and pickers were able to harvest all qualities of grape up to Trockenbeerenauslese.

All Schloss Johannisberg wines are available through Hallgarten, speak to your account manager for further details.