Lauffener Weingärtner eG
1. About us
a. Company profile
Our company, the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG“ (“The Lauffen Vintners”) is a cooperative (eG: eingetragene Genossenschaft, engl.: registered cooperative) in Württemberg which comprises around 1.200 member-vintners.
We cultivate about 880 hectares of vineyards, thereof 120 in terraced steep vineyards. Thanks to the outstanding performance of the member-vintners and their ambition to harvest excellent grapes, we achieve not only a production of high quality wines, but also - in spite of the hard physical work in the steep slopes – a maintenance of the unique cultural landscape of the Lauffener valley of the river Neckar.
Production and sales area
We grow and harvest around 12.5 million kilograms on an average year.
The local market is very important and plays a significant role for our distribution. About 50% of our wines are sold in within Baden-Württemberg and 50% with national distribution in Germany and Export markets.
Lauffen am Neckar is located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany, in the middle of the Neckar-Valley between Heilbronn and Stuttgart.
The Lauffener wine history has its verifiable beginnings in Roman times. A “valx arborea”, an antiques knife for trees and vines, was found in the roman "villa rustica", some structure of a former roman settling. The first proven evidences of wine growing activities in this area dates back to the 8th century. Since the end of the 19th century, due to German wine growing crisis, several cooperative initiatives took place, however the foundation of the Lauffener Cooperative in 1935 turned out to be stable. Today, the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG” is one of the best and most successful cooperatives in Germany. In 2012 the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG“ took over the cooperative “Käsbergkeller Mundelsheim”, which was founded in 1903 and is kept as a separate brand. These wines are crushed and vinified at the Käsberg Cellar in the town of Mundelsheim.
Certificates / Industry standards
DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft = German Agricultural Association) recommended cooperative wine growers association, International Featured Standard (IFS), ECOVIN, BIO-Baden-Württemberg
Josua & Kaleb
The origin of the symbol of Josua & Kaleb, ancient symbol of two men carrying grapes:
The land surrounding Lauffen by the river Neckar has always been considered to be very fertile for agricultural use. On the eutrophic alluvial soils of the river Neckar many crop plants like potatoes, cereals, but also fruits and berries can be cultivated. The friendly and warm climate benefits viticulture, which can be dated back to the Roman Empire. There is no other element that shaped the cultural landscape of Lauffen more than wine, most distinctively in the terraced slopes of the river valley of the Neckar.
This outstanding significance of wine for Lauffen, so the idea, needed to be kept in an unmistakable symbol. In 1980, thanks to the initiative of Mr. Ulrich Maile, today’s chairman of the Lauffener Weingärtner eG, Mr. Prof. Prudi from the Stuttgart Academy of Arts received the order to unify symbolically Lauffen with arts, wine and science.
Two years later, a pattern for a blacksmith-made piece of art was presented to the vintners of Lauffen, which showed, related to the story of the Exodus of the Jews, the two “carriers of the grape” named Josua & Kaleb. According to the bilbe, they and ten other spies where sent out into the desert by Moses in behalf of God, to find the land of “milk and honey”. As a proof the spies had to bring back fruits. As a sign for fertility of the land, Josua & Kaleb were carrying a huge grape on a branch, which was too big to be carried by only one man.
In essence the symbol reflects: Lauffen, the fertile land and the carriers of the grape Josua & Kaleb, the representatives for the unity of the Lauffener Weingärtner. The art piece was realized by the blacksmith Allmendinger from Vaihingen/Enz and it has its place until today in the vineyards of Lauffen as a wheather flag to indicate the direction of the wind. The symbol of the “carriers of the grape” was also adopted as the signature logo for the Lauffener cooperative und is legally protected for the Lauffener Weingärtner.
Moses 13, 1 -27
Moses sends out 12 spies
The LORD said to Moses, “Send men to explore Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of their ancestors’ tribes.” When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he told them, “Go through the Negev and then into the mountain region. See what the land is like and whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. Is the land they live in good or bad? Do their cities have walls around them or not? Is the soil rich or poor? Does the land have trees or not? Do your best to bring back some fruit from the land.” (It was the season when grapes were beginning to ripen.) When they came to the Eshcol Valley, they cut off a branch with only one bunch of grapes on it. They carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs. So they called that valley Eshcol [Bunch of Grapes] because of the bunch of grapes the Israelites cut off there.
Forty days later, they came back from exploring the land. They came back to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. They gave their report and showed them the fruit from the land. This is what they reported to Moses: “We went to the land where you sent us. It really is a land flowing with milk and honey. Here’s some of its fruit…“.
Where does the name for the single layer “Katzenbeißer” (“cat biter”) come from?
Since several centuries the wines from Lauffen are famous for their outstanding quality. The cause for this is the privileged sun flooded layers along the slopes of the river Neckar in combination with the warm, heat buffering shell limestone and upper trias (Keuper) soils. The one who could afford these wines had to dig deep into one’s pocket, literally spoken that deep that a whole was bitten into his purse (“money cat”, German: “Geldkatze“), the precursor of the nowadays common wallet. More and more often, Lauffener Wein was named “Katzenbeißer”. By and by the name „Lauffener Katzenbeißer“ became a manifest for the wines from Lauffen and stands now as a synonym for the biggest and most well-known registered single vineyard brand in the wine growing area of Württemberg.
2. Our wines
Edition Premium and barrique
An exclusive group of our vintners are cultivating old vines with a great passion in their best vineyards. By dividing grape bunches and an extraordinary reduction of the yield enables - so the few remaining grapes on the vine are achieving a high ripeness and complexity. A part of these wines is aged in barrique barrels, so they show as a result expressive and authentic wines with international format.
Swabian Poets – Wines in barrique
Due to consequent reduction of the yields or the ripening in our steep slopes, the grapes of these wines are developing complex aromas, which are protected by careful hand picking and extracted by long maceration. Followed by an ageing period in barrel, they gain their unique characteristic.
Most notably, the climatic benefited layers round Lauffen and Mundelsheim offer the cultivation of autochthone (authentic German) but also international grape varietals like Lemberger, Cabernet Dorsa, Riesling, and Rivaner. The wines are recognized by their vivacity, fresh fruit and clear style. A real joy for the palate of all lovers of modern dry wines.
Well-groomed vineyards and gentle winemaking are elementary for fine fruity, dry premium wines with remarkable varietal character. Our quality wines are available in 1,0l, 0,75l and 0,25l bottles. “Pleasant every day wines.”
All our sparkling wines are traditionally bottle fermented. On one hand, nine month of minimum storaging on fine yeast is mandatory by wine law, on the other hand, this way our sparkling wines are gaining their full-bodied, smooth character and refined perlage (“bubbles”).
Ice Wine and Beerenauslese
The top of our quality pyramid of sweet wines is represented by our ice wine – made out of grapes that were harvested deep frozen in winter - and our Beerenauslesen. These noble sweet wines can only be produced in particular years under very special climatic conditions. Therefore, they are very rare and precious.
Spätlese and Auslese
A long ripening period and a careful selection of the grapes by hand are reason for the complex aromas of our Spätlesen and Auslesen. They are perfectly extracted by cautious handling of the grapes in the cellar. This is how - with lots of savoir-faire and experience - wines are made for sophisticated wine consumers: intensive and dense wines with pleasant natural sweetness.
Kabinett, Quality wines and SR-Series
Our Kabinett-wines as well as the wines of our young line SR are characterized by a fresh fruit and finesse because of taking only healthy, highly ripened grapes. It’s a pure pleasure for connoisseurs of fruit driven fresh wines.
Our Secco range is only made from selected monovarietal wines. Fruity, fresh and inspiring, the Secco represents the contemporary taste.
The “Zicco”-Edition wines (wine cocktails) is a combination of Mundelsheimer Secco with aromas of exotic fruits. This gives our wine cocktails a fascinating youthful stylistic.
b. Our varietals
The new trend red wine grape varietal is without any doubt Acolon, a Württemberg original. This varietal is a crossing from Lemberger and Dornfelder. Its deep blue grapes gives powerful red wines with a dark color and smooth tannins, but also bright color-intense rosé wines. The Lauffen Acolon is full of extract. Usually its wines are traditionally produced with mash fermentation followed by a storage period in oak barrels. Acolon is characterized by its good aging potential. Its aromas in rosé wines remind of raspberries and morello cherry and in red wines of dark stone fruits with refined spiciness.
Chilled Acolon Rosé is an ideal wine for an aperitif and to accompany Mediterranean food. Acolon red wine fits perfectly to strong meet like beef and game, but also refined hard cheese.
Gewürztraminer is a white grape varietal that makes aromatic and full bodied wines. With good reason its wines are considered to be part of the top wines and quite often they reach the level of late harvest Beerenauslese. The vines of this very old grape varietal are only planted in the best parcels. Its wines are golden yellow and show an intense delicious fruity bouquet, which they are famous for.
Gewürztraminer fits perfectly to aromatic and solid food like smoked salmon, cheese fondue, roast, foie gras and “flavorsome cheeses” such as Munster or Limburger. With its plenitude of fine aromas and its elegant and well-structured full body it can be also enjoyed with desserts or simply as a chilled aperitif.
This traditional white wine grape varietal from Lauffen is a crossing between Trollinger and Riesling and reaches a high natural ripeness. Kerner delivers Prädikatswein par excellence: strong and full-bodied with a well-balanced and vivid acidity. Its wines are tasty and with a refined fruitiness - similar to Riesling – with aromas of tropical fruits.
All kind of light meat types like chicken, turkey, fish and entrails. Its personality as an all-rounder makes Kerner to an ideal partner with many kinds of dishes.
Lemberger (in Austria also known as Blaufränkisch) is regarding to layer, climate and soil one of the most exigent red wine grape varietals. Therefore, its vines are planted in limited extent, and in Germany almost only in the area of Württemberg. Thanks to its deep dark colors, its strong body and herbal character Lemberger wines are considered to be part of the worldwide red wine elite and they are the ambassadors for premium wines from Württemberg.
The Lemberger wines with its herbaceous and dark berry aromas the nose and in its dense and complex body match perfectly to dishes with lamb, hare, deer and to all kinds of mushroom variations.
This white wine varietal is very popular in Germany. Its grapes are ripening early on profound and fertile soils. Müller-Thurgau at its best is to be consumed young. Its wines show a delicate and refined flowery and fruity bouquet. At the same time in the mouth its aromas develops an expressive taste reminding of apples, pears and peaches with a soupcon of nutmeg. Thanks to its low acidity, Müller-Thurgau wines are smooth and soft.
Müller Thurgau is the ideal partner to crispy roasted pork, baked or cooked freshwater fish or poultry. These wines also accords splendidly to soups, desserts and sorbets.
Riesling is the “Queen of the German white wine grape varietals”. It’s exigent, late ripening and educes on the heavy Keuper and shell limestone soils of Lauffen and Mundelsheim and delivers elegant and vivid wines. Its bouquet is full of refined aromas of apples and yellow stone fruits like apricot, peaches and greengage plum. With a remarkable and well balanced acidity the aromas continue on the palate with a long freshness and intensity.
Our Riesling wines are lively and fresh. Therefore, they can be served to a wide range of food or also in a solo attempt, i.e. as sparkling wine for the aperitif. Riesling wines fit perfectly to fish, seafood, pale meat like chicken and pork, but also salads and potatoes’ variations.
Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder)
Pinot Gris is one of the best white grape varietals. On warm and profound soils the vines produce highly ripened grapes which are the base for expressive white wines, which are strong, rich and creamy. The dense bouquet reminds of green and yellow pears, meadow flowers and herbs and fine fresh butter. Barrel aged Pinot Gris unfolds astounding complexity and opulence.
Pinot Gris is easy to enjoy chilled with light and medium strong summer dishes and salads, Mediterranean cuisine, poultry and fish. More complex and barrel aged Pinot Gris goes well with roasted goose, pork, fish accompanied with mashed potatoes or gratins.
This red wine varietal produces fine wines with a delicate cherry bouquet and elegant body. Samtrot is a mutant of Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling). Its name Samtrot (engl. “red velvet”) derives from its bright light ruby red color and velvety structure on the palate.
Samtrot wines match perfectly to festive occasions and fine meals: holiday roast of beef, lamb or turkey. Furthermore, its wines can be served to regional and Austrian pastries like “Kaiserschmarrn” and pancakes as well as to a low-fat selection of sheep and goat cheese.
Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling)
Pinot Meunier is considered to be the prime father of the pinot family as this grape varietal was taking place in several cross breedings. The name Meunier (Engl.: “miller” / German: “Müller”) derives from its hairy bottom side of the leaves and its terminal of shoot which looks like powdered with flower. That’s why this grape has its German synonym Müllerrebe. The more common German name Schwarzriesling is related to the dark color of the grape, but the typical shape of Riesling. Its grapes produce even in middle layers high degrees of Oechsle (brix) even after a relative short ripening period.
Schwarzriesling is the flagship grape varietal for the Lauffener Weingärtner and the origin of the fame of the Lauffener wines. The intense ruby red wines with brick-red reflexes are characterized by a delicate dark berry aroma of blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry with a peppery spiciness which culminates in a fruity and silky body.
Bright ruby red, harmonious and with delicate fullness, Schwarzriesling wines fit very well to dishes with lamb and game, noble poultry like duck or pheasant with chestnut and potato mash, but also for entry to plain or creamy oxtail soup.
Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)
Pinot Noir is considered to be one of the most prestigious and most significant red grape varietals in the world. Together with Riesling, Pinot Noir represents the premium league of German wines. Thanks to its late ripening grapes Pinot Noir is extremely exigent on layers and micro climate and demands sensitive handling in the vineyards. To deliver top-class quality, elegant wines in cool climate areas its vines need warmer layers with profound, loose and fertile soils.
The complex aroma of Pinot Noir embraces red and black cherries, black berries and plum with spicy nuances. With refined grained tannins and a delicate bitter note, which makes its aromas so piquant, as well a mild acidity Pinot Noir wines show a long and silky palate. Pinot Noir wines can be enjoyed young, but for higher qualities they are suited for storaging with an excellent potential for aging.
Pinot Noir wines an outstanding partner for food paring with finesse and diversity. Pinot Noir goes well with stews of beef or game with dark sauces, lamb chop with green beans, roast beef and cold cuts. However, Pinot Noir is - thanks to its complex bouquet and silky body - also the wine for quality time with friends.
Thanks to its accented acidity, Trollinger produces one of Germany’s most animated red wines. This autochthone grape varietal is found almost exclusively in Württemberg and Trentino-Alto Adige (there it is called “Vernatsch”). The Trollinger vines need profound and fertile soils and excellent locations on a slope. Therefore it is the most cultivated grape varietal in the steep slopes of the traditional Württemberg vineyards. Trollinger wines are fresh and fruity with a lusty and juicy character. The bouquet of its light colored red wine reminds on crispy fresh red cherries and lingonberries.
Due to its lusty character, the Swabians enjoy their “national beverage” (also known as the “Swabia’s blood”) together with good and hearty food like veal or roasted beef with “Spätzle” (homemade Swabian pasta) or roast goose. Very popular in summer time is to serve Trollinger slightly chilled to crispy suckling pig with fresh green salad and Swabian potato salad.
Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder)
Fully ripened Pinot Blanc grapes produce substantial white wines with delicate almond aromas and smooth acidity. Pinot Blanc wines can be enjoyed young, but for higher qualities, they also show excellent results fermented and aged in barrel. The color is pale yellow and its nose is full of yellow fruits like fresh bananas, apricot and lemon together with some caramel and lime tree blossom, which continue its development in a medium strong till powerful body.
Pinot Blanc is an all-round talent. It can be served as an aperitif with homemade canapés, but also to accompany a light cuisine with gentle cooked meat, fish, poultry with light sauces and steamed vegetables. Fermented in barrels, Pinot Blanc wines match perfectly to roasted goose, turkey or salmon with gratin or mashed potatoes.
In its early days, this local varietal was cultivated as a very aromatic table grape. Nowadays, the Muskattrollinger found its identity in an exceptional speciality as a wine with a signicifant muscat aroma. The Muskattrollinger is characterized by an intensive but at the same time not obstrusive muscat bouquet, a light, bright ruby colour as well as the distinguished fruitiness of the Trollinger.
Muskattrollinger is a tasteful apferitif all year long – dry or off dry. Noble sweet Muskattrollinger are a perfect match to desserts and particularly Christmas cookies.
The top-quality Muskateller is probably one of the oldest grape varietals. That’s why these days there are more than 200 different Muskateller types. In Württemberg, mainly the yellow Muskateller is cultivated to make bloomy white wines with an intense aroma of orange flowes with sweet tendencies. Many wines show a spicy mucat bouquet.
Muskateller reminds strongly to fresh grapes due to its typical aroma and taste. Its wines match perfectly to fares with pumkins, but also to Asian food, spicy or sweet dishes. Even though to its excellent pairing with intense aromatic foods, Muskateller shows its refined beauty and strength served solo slightly chilled.
Württemberg State Awards (Württembergische LandesWeinPrämierungen)
In November 1959, under surveillance of at that time active Oberregierungs-Landwirtschaftsrat Dr. Otto Linsenmaier, the first state wine award, the “Landesweinprämierung” (LWP), took place. Since then, the Württemberg state award is held every year.
Before a wine can participate in that competition, it needs to pass the quality test to receive the official control number: “Amtliche Prüfnummer” (AP-Nummer). This examination is required for the participation. Then, in a blind tasting ordered by vintage, varietals and quality levels the wines are evaluated by their color, limpidity, odor, taste and typicity according to the DLG-Scheme. A successful result in the LWP is further mandatory for the participation at the national DLG wine and sparkling wine award.
This procedure allows an all-embracing quality management with consistent control from the vine to the glass.
2013 Mundelsheimer Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 0,75 Liter
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer „Wilhelm Hauff“ Samtrot Spätlese trocken 0,75 Liter
2012er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ „ECOVIN“ Schwarzriesling QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2012er Mundelsheimer Lemberger QbA 1,0 Liter
2013er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA 0,75 Liter
2013er Mundelsheimer Schwarzriesling QbA 1,0 Liter
2014er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Württemberger Kerner Kabinett 0,75 Liter
2014er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Württemberger Riesling QbA 1,0 Liter
2014er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Württemberger Riesling QbA trocken 1,0 Liter
2013er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Lemberger QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2012er Mundelsheimer Acolon QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2013er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Württemberger Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 1,0 Liter
2013er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA trocken 1,0 Liter
2013er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Lemberger QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2012er Mundelsheimer Spätburgunder „Holzfass“ QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Samtrot Auslese 0,75 Liter
2012er Mundelsheimer Samtrot Spätlese 0,75 Liter
2013er Mundelsheimer Schwarzriesling Kabinett 0,75 Liter
2014er Mundelsheimer Samtrot Rosé QbA 0,75 Liter
2014er Mundelsheimer Acolon Rosé QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2014er Lauffener Katzenbeißer „Eduard Mörike“ Grauburgunder QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2014er Mundelsheimer Rivaner QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2013er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Weißburgunder QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2014er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling Rosé QbA trocken 0,75 Liter
2014er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Württemberger Kerner Spätlese 0,75 Liter
DLG Wine Award (DLG-Weinprämierungen)
Since 1999 the German Agricultural Association (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG)) annually awards the winner wines, wineries and cooperatives with the certificate “DLG recommended wine”, “DLG recommended winery” or “DLG recommended cooperative”. All wines have to pass a blind tasting according to the DLG-scheme. The highest score is 5.0 points.
All members of the jury are certified, experienced and regularly trained tasters.
2011er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Trollinger QbA 1,0l
2012er Käsberg Trollinger QbA 1,0l
2011er Mundelsheimer Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 1,0l
2011er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 1,0l
2012er Mundelsheimer Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 1,0l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA 0,75l
2012er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Lemberger mit Trollinger QbA 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Lemberger QbA 0,75l
2012er Ludwig Uhland Lemberger QbA trocken 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA 1,0l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA trocken 1,0l
2012er „Lauffener Weingärtner“ Schwarzriesling mit Samtrot QbA 0,75l
2012er Wilhelm Hauff Spätburgunder Spätlese trocken 0,75l
2012er Mundelsheimer Samtrot QbA 0,75l
2012er Mundelsheim Acolon Rosé QbA trocken
2012er Mühlbächer Trollinger QbA 1,0l<
2011er Käsberg Trollinger QbA 1,0l
2012er Käsberg Trollinger QbA 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Trollinger aus Terrassenlagen QbA 0,75l
2012er Mundelsheimer Trollinger mit Lemberger QbA trocken 1,0l
2012er Mundelsheimer Lemberger QbA 1,0l
2012er Mundelsheimer Lemberger QbA trocken 1,0l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Lemberger QbA trocken 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling QbA 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Schwarzriesling Kabinett 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Spätburgunder QbA trocken 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Samtrot Kabinett 0,75l
2012er Lauffener Katzenbeißer Samtrot QbA 0,75l
2012er Wilhelm Hauff Samtrot Spätlese trocken 0,75l
- 2012 – an exceptional vintage
2012 was an excellent harvest in quantity as in quality terms. From 20th September to 15th November, our “Wengerter” (vintners) were contantly - with few temporary interruptions - engaged in harvesting the grapes under almost dreamlike weather conditions.
Seldomly it was possible to pick so many perfectly health grapes from the first until the last day of harvest. But we were also interrupted in the middle of the harvest by onset of winter with temperatures of 5 degrees below zero and snowfall down to the lowest sites, as it happened on 29th October.
The must weight in all sites and for almost all varietals was in the range of quality wines and our customers appreciate the wines from the wonderful vintage 2012 a lot.
Especially the mono-varietal red wines show bright and distinctively their typicity. 2012 is an excellent vintage for a long lasting pleasure in the next years.
A vintage with strong potential
It was a year between hoping and trembling, but also a year full of surprises. Capricious weather starting with a late and far too wet spring followed by a tardy and dissipated blossom, prognosis on the vintage 2013 were quite skeptical.
A promising June and an August full of sunshine helped to return to a good balance. Cautiously optimistic, we started harvesting - in comparison to 2012 - relatively late in the beginning of October. Almost simultaneously to the takeoff for harvest, the weather turned to wet, cold and changeable. As a result of the often heavy rainfalls, the skin of the berries became fragile and the health of the bunches was dictating the planning of the harvest.
Thanks to the great commitment of our vintners and their harvest team, who selected precisely the grapes in all sites and of all varietals, the achieved result was better than expected. The precise selection enabled us to have a crop of an above-the-average quality with an average must weight of 82° Oechsle, which is very demanding.
The young wines are fresh and they impress with a very refined acidity, typical for 2013. The aromas are delicate, fruity and balanced which underlines the liveliness of the wines. Thanks to these characteristics, 2013 is a vintage that maintains this fresh fruit balance for several years.
Final of a turbulent vintage - 2014 vintage with a lot of elegance and harmony
"Our white wines are showing fruitiness, typicity of the varietal, freshness and purity. Furthermore, they are driven by an extraordinary minerality", says Michael Böhm, our first cellar master and head winemaker. “The red wines impress by their delicate character, their typicity of the origin as well as their fine and fruity intensity of the aromas. This all together is presented in a well-balanced and harmonious taste.”
After the shoot on 20th March – as early as never before documented in Lauffen – the blooming in the exposed terraced sites already started on 23rd May. Though, a very long dry period was following. July and August were very changeable with a lot of rain into autumn. However, the advance of the vegetation for one to three weeks was still identifiable.
"We are convinced, that 2014 thanks to its highly ripened, physiological harmonious balance between smooth tannins and elegant acidity will give us a lot of pleasure in the following years!”, explains Michael Böhm contentedly.
General Management / Sales: Marian Kopp
Marketing: Andreas Gall
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The Käsberg-cellar Mundelsheim:
The history since 1903
The small wine village Mundelsheim is quite unique: due to its location in a 180-degree river slope this extraordinary cultural landscape benefits from a mild climate caused by the river paired with the intense sunshine on the terraces, the place where the precocious wine of Mundelsheim are growing.
Viticulture has a very long tradition in Mundelsheim. In ancient times the Romans recognized the privileges of the outstanding sun-kissed landscape and planted vines. In the following centuries, wine became more and more important for the community. At the beginning of the 20th century, viticulture turned out to be the most important source of income. At that time the cooperative was founded - more than 110 years ago. For more several hundred years, the terraced slopes hold on with dry stone walls are protected and cultivated with big effort and high conscientiousness. Most particularly, the Käsberg, one of Germany’s best certified vineyards, where extraordinary Trollinger vines are growing. It’s the mixture of the privileges given by nature and the pure, exhausting hand work – which is indispensable in the steep slopes – and that makes these wines so precious.
The Käsberg-cellar Mundelsheim
Since Roman times viticulture was present at the Mundelsheimer and Lauffener river-slopes. Until today traditional viticulture knowledge from countless generations comes together with ancestral Swabian sense of quality as well as the maintenance of a worth preserving cultural landscape comes together with Württemberger heartfelt hospitality. Preserving and developing this tradition is for our cooperative a joyful duty and challenge at once.
The picturesque steep slopes and wine terraces in the famous slopes of the Neckar offer ideal requirements for extraordinary wines, but they also claim four to five times more work in comparison to normal (flat) vineyards. This work input and moreover high cost for repairing and renovating of the historic dry natural stone walls preserves a unique cultural landscape. Thanks to its skilled stone by stone stacking they enable a biotope-like niche for flora and fauna.
As a principle for cooperatives, for several generations responsible winegrowing, resource protection and the use of latest technologies are realized conjointly with the common goal to produce top-quality grapes and thereof make the best wines. Regular quality controls have been installed for completing commonly agreed guidelines. For premium wines, the best vineyards are selected and managed under professional control.
The former Mundelsheim-cellar is completely integrated under the formal roof of the Lauffener Weingärtner but maintains its identity as a brand with the renowned name „Käsbergkeller Mundelsheim“. This brand name and cellar location is designated to become a competence center for private costumers and mail-order business of the united cooperative.