Estate Nelles

The winery was mentioned in documents under the name Nellis in 1479. From the local interest index it is mentioned that Peter Nelis is the tenant of a “wyngartz at the buysch portzen”. For this property an unusually high interest rate was paid to the lords of the castle “Landskrone”. Then as now it is an excellent vineyard. For the date of the documentary mention is still the brand name 1479N. Thomas Nelles has been running the business since the 1970s. He is supported by his son Philip. The company is a member of the VDP.

The winery Nelles is managed by Thomas and Philipp Nelles. It covers 8.5 hectares of vineyards, mostly steep slopes with a slope of more than 30%. Here, the grape varieties Spätburgunder, Frühburgunder, Domina, Riesling and Pinot Gris are cultivated to the highest quality level. Since the 80s, the house sells the two premium wines”B48″ and “B52”.

The locations

The vineyards are located in the best vineyard locations of the climatically particularly mild lower Ahr valley. The steep slate floors absorb the heat of the sun and give it back to our plants at night. So the wines are so rich, strong and full-bodied.

The vineyard consists of greywacke and slate. The roots of the vines penetrate many meters deep into the rock. This favors a deep, mineral taste. The wines of this location are characterized by a very good shelf life.

This location has Devon schist and volcanic rock as underground. Above is a dense loess pad. Here are wines with fullness and body, but also a lot of elegance and fruitiness.

The geologically very young sandstone in Neuenahr with its many fossil inclusions comes from the ice age. The location has an intact fauna. So there is a specius of wild bees, which is unique in Europe and protected. Powerful and bodily wines with opulent fruitiness grow on this vineyard.

Gentle management of the vineyard

For fertilization, large quantities of manure, straw and other organic humus substances are used. This almost eliminates mineral fertilization. By mulching the weeds in the vineyards, the farm also improves the humus content and soil life in the vineyards.
Only plant treatment agents are used that protect beneficial organisms. Thus, the balance is preserved in nature and you get the natural enemies of the pests. To reduce the yield, fewer fruit buds are cut during the winter cut.

Vinification

In our wine cellar brilliant Pinot Noir with a silky soft fragrance is created. The white wines of the winery convince by a harmonious acidity and pleasant fruitiness. This is not least the result of the particularly gentle processing in the wine cellar.

The grapes are completely destemmed before fermentation. This means they are processed without stem and stems. So the wine becomes tender and velvety. In addition, there is no heating of the grapes. The winery relies on traditional mash fermentation to preserve the typical expression of Ahr wines. One sets in the expansion on natural self-clarification. It takes a little longer, but it is gentler on the wines.

There are no fining agents used. This would remove minerals and other important wine ingredients. To give some wines stability, ground rock flour is used.

All wines are separated according to grape variety in oak barrels and the best red wines filled if possible without filtration on bottles.

Weingut Nelles

Göppinger Str. 13a
53474 Heimersheim

Tel: 02641/24349
info@weingut-nelles.de

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Estate “Zum Sternen”

The vinery “Zum Sternen”

The winery “Zum Sternen” in Aargau dates back to the 13th century in its long history. It has been managed by the Meier family for many generations. It also runs a guest house on the grounds of the company and maintains the most renowned and largest vine nursery in Switzerland on the vineyards of the winery. The vineyard Meier supplies with its own selection and trial all Swiss wine regions and neighboring countries with young grapes.
The winery “Zum Sternen” only processes its own harvest. In the geologically diverse and climatically preferred lower Aare valley, the various terroirs offer the classic grape varieties the chance to grow on ideal soil. In the vineyard of the winery, the visitor can get to know more than 200 species from all over the world.
The winery has a modern stylish wine cellar building: the “Sternentrotte”. This facility has been adapted to the well thought-out workflow of the winery, which allows vinification using gravity. The building also has an elegant sensory room with its own small wine lab.
For conferences and seminars, the Weingut “Zum Sternen” provides a modern conference room with good seminar infrastructure in the Villa Lang.

 

Management

The estate manages a variety of vineyards in Aaargau. The most prominent of these is the deep vineyard of the former monastery Sion in Klingnau. Wines from Würrelingen are characterized by beautiful fruit flavors and rich-soft palate fullness. The grape varieties grown on the vineyards are: Riesling-Silvaner, Sauvignon-Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Malbec.

A special feature of the winery is the star cellar. This 130m long vault is still from the original medieval plant. In this wine cellar, the selected wines of the winery mature in 90 containers, including aging in oak barrels.

Some Pinot Noir of the winery were added to the treasury of Swiss wine.

Since 1995, Andreas and Manuel Meier manage the companies “Weingut Zum Sternen” and “Rebschule Meier”, which have joined together to form a limited partnership. In 2000, the cellar was more than doubled and a tank system with temperature control was installed. The “Villa lang”, the first building for the Rebveredlung, has been renovated and converted into an event room. Most recently, a new construction of the wine processing facility was built in 2012, the “Star Trotte”.

Weingut “Zum Sternen”

Rebschulweg 2
CH-5303 Würrenlingen

Tel. +41 56 297 10 02

office@weingut-sternen.ch

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Estate Kirsten

The winery

The family winery Kirsten is surrounded by steep slopes on the Moselle. , Everything began with some vineyards in Klüsserath - of which there is a parcel in the Klüsserather Brotherhood Moselfront. From a small farm has become a renowned steep vineyard through him.

The total of more than 14 hectares of vineyards spread over 70 parcels of the winery lined up along the Moselle and are located in the places Klüsserath, Pölich, Mehring, Longuich and Köwerich. More than 14 varieties of wine are cultivated in this area, including Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and three different types of sparkling wine.

Since 1992, the company is run by Bernhard Kirsten and his wife.

Management

Bernhard Kirsten made his first experiments with organic farming in 2007.

The company relies on spontaneous fermentation. Only with dry wines, which do not ferment to end, pure breeding yeasts are added.

The winery has produced some premium wines in recent years, e.g. the Riesling "1904", "Geldern pur", "Herzstück" and the "Heldensekt". In particular, the sparkling wine is characterized by a precision that is by no means common on the Moselle.

The winery relies primarily on dry wines. Only the harvest from the Pölicher Held serves to produce sweet wines and sparkling wine.

The vineyards

The winery has no contiguous vineyards, but maintains a few isolated small plots in the best vineyards around Klüsserath.

These are located on the following locations:

  • Klüsserather Bruderschaft
  • Köwericher Lauretiuslay
  • Pölicher Held
  • Mehringer Zellerberg
  • Longuicher Maximer Herrenberg
  • Longuicher Dicke Kuh

Schlossgut Liebieg GmbH

Krainstraße 5
D-54340 Klüsserath

Tel. 6507-99115
Fax 6507-99113

mail@weingut-kirsten.de
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Estate Bamberger

"Sustainability - the term has almost become a buzzword. But we at the wine estate Bamberger do not just want to have a say in it - we want to participate and think about sustainability. Hence being a member of Fair and Green is a self-evident for us because this seal is all-encompassing. As comprehensive as our actions in dealing with nature, the people with whom we live and work and with profitability, risk and return. It's really simple and difficult at the same time, because it's all-encompassing.
Heiko Bamberger

The estate Bamberger for still and sparkling wine is located in Meddersheim an der Nahe. For generations the family cultivates grapes in excellent steep slopes. the Monzinger Frühlingsberg, the Meddersheimer Altenberg and the Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg. Heiko Bamberger and his wife Ute run the business in which young and old work hand in hand on the 15 hectares of vineyards.  The highest vineyards are at almost 300 m over NN. The highlight of the collection is the Winzersekt, which is made according to the traditional method. Enormous passion and perfectionist ambitions put Bambergers into sparkling wine production traditional bottle fermentation.

 

 

The champagne matures in the bottle, is up to five years on the yeast and will conscientiously be turned by hand. In 2016, the Gault Millau reported: "You can recognize the classic craft production of sparkling wine in the cellar: this is where the heart of the company beats. " Falstaff sums up: "There is something like a renaissance of sparkling wine in Germany. Someone who is co-responsible for this is Heiko Bamberger. "

In terms of viticulture Heiko relies on the classic grape varieties Riesling and Burgundy. With much care he brings from the soils of the Nahetal, which are characterized by red sandstone, quartzite and slate, wines with mineral seasoning, lots of clarity and finesse. As different as the terroir, so individual are the Wines: In the character impetuous, good or playful.

Highlighting the strengths of the wine and sparkling wine is the concern of the Bambergers. They reduced their assortment list, which sharpened their profile. Even in the external design has the Wine and Sektgut further developed: A new, authentic internet presence expresses its focus on high-profile sparkling wine and strong character wine explicitly.

Wein- und Sektgut Bamberger

Heiko und Ute Bamberger
Römerstraße 10
55566 Meddersheim

Kontakt:

Tel. +49 (0) 6751 2624
kontakt@weingut-bamberger.de

Link zum Weingut: hier

 

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Winery Siener

"By becoming a member of FAIR'N GREEN, we want to have our sustainable production certified, which translates into more transparency for our customers and even more sharing and control at every step in our work, and we believe it will optimize our operations in many areas - our contribution to environmental protection and social responsibility."

 Peter Siener

"For three generations, the Winery Siener has been all about family and wine. Peter and Denise and their daughters Paula and Helena live in the traditional Winzerhaus on the Wine Route. Since Peter's entry into the company in 2000, new approaches have been taken in reducing yields, developing wines and marketing, with great recognition and much success. Peter Siener is as deeply-rooted in Birkweiler as his vines are rooted in the soils of the foothills of the Palatinate mountains.
He has established himself rapidly in the wine scene over the last few years. His wines are like him character heads, occasionally a little stubborn, but unmistakable, with a lot of backbone and always worth the patience. Power, acidity and length mate in a variety of ways with freshness and tension. "

Winery Siener

Weinstraße 31
D-76831 Birkweiler
Telefon 0 63 45 - 35 39
Fax 0 63 45 - 91 91 00
info@weingutsiener.de

Link to the winery Siener: here

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Sustainable Wine from Germany by Vinyard Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof

Wine estate Nik Weis – St. Urbanshof

“For me, FAIR’N GREEN is the modern alternative to existing sustainability, environmental and eco audits. My own motto is “con natura – no invicem”, that is with nature and not against it. For me it is self-evident that great wines can only be produced and the viticulture related cultural landscape can only be preserved for future generations, if work is done with nature and its environment and not against it. So far this corporate philosophy has not been communicated externally with an audit label or the membership in an association. With FAIR’N GREEN this is now happening and, in my opinion, according to the best and holistic manner. FAIR’N GREEN does not only commit to the protection of the environment and the sustainable management, but also includes fair, social, societal and cultural interactions. This means taking sustainability one step further ahead.”

The winegrower Nik Weis

 

Ockfener Bockstein                                                                             Piesport

Tradition and Commitment

Our family life has always been impacted by wine. Our deep respect for tradition in our region asserts the particular quality of our wines. That is why we work both in the vineyard as well as in the cellar attentively and in accordance with nature. The vineyard St. Urbans-Hof was established 1947 by Nicolaus Weis. His grandson runs the business in the 3rd generation. It is well reputed for its excellent spectrum of sitings which expand over the rivers Mosel and Saar. With 34 hectares of property the vineyards St. Urbans-Hof is one of the largest privately run vineyards in the region.

Philosophy

Riesling is one of the most traditional wines in Germany and. for centuries, has been home to the steep hills of Mosel, Saar and Ruwer. It produced fruity wines full of elegance. We committed entirely to this noble wine and therefore produce Riesling that reflects the terroir of the individual sitings. We engage in traditional cultivation methods that have been used for centuries. For example, this includes the single pile education where the wine is bound in a heart shaped to the pile. This way the bend wine is standing parallel to the slope and frontally to the sun and ensures a maximised leaf area that can capture the sun rays. An intensive manual soil work allows the slate to remain absorbent for the wine. This is the basis for the mineral character of our wines. Through thorough labour with the leaves, the sun can penetrate to reach the grapes which is important for building up aroma.

We always hold in respect to have low yields that we achieve with short cuts and the partial elimination of the grapes in late summer. Moreover, it is important to harvest as late as possible to assert a long phase of maturing and a good development of aroma. We only harvest manually and carry the grapes in so-called “Hotten” on our backs from the vineyard. Also the processing of the grapes is carried out in a considerate manner. They are squeezed shortly by crushing facilities that are located above the squeezing machines to facilitate the disintegration of the aroma. After squeezing in pneumatic stainless steal squeezers the grape must runs, without pumps, into containers where the turbid material can settle overnight. From there the clear grape juice runs into stainless steel tanks where the fermentation takes place. The slow and temperature controlled fermentation and the subsequent maturation in traditional “Fuder” – barrels asserts harmonic and polished wines that, even after years, still have a fresh taste.

Our sitings
Leiwener Laurentiuslay, Ockfener Bockstein, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Wiltinger Schlangengraben, Mehringer Blattenberg, Schodener Saarfeilser Marienberg

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Wine Estate Birkert

"For us, sustainability is more than lip service and has been actively pursued as a corporate goal for more than 10 years. Now we are happy to be able to make this aspiration tangible and to deepen and refine it together with FAIR'N GREEN and its members. We see our farm following the motto of our senior Manfred Birkert: "We have borrowed the land and plants from our ancestors to pass them on to the next generation". In this statement the guidelines of FAIR'N GREEN fit perfectly."

- Boris Birkert, Wine Estate Birkert

With the wine estate Birkert, the FAIR and GREEN e.V. not only gained another classic family business as a new member, but above all successfully certified the first winery in the Württemberg region. Boris Birkert took over the business from his father in 2013 and since then has consistently pursued two goals: quality and sustainability. Meanwhile, the winery cultivates about 15 hectares of vineyards, eight hectares of orchards, operates a distillery and also serves its own wine bar.

Hans Maret ist Unternehmer und Eigentümer des Weinguts Reverchon

For winegrower Boris Birkert and his family, sustainability has been a matter of the heart for many years: rainwater is used in the in-house distillery for cooling, the buildings on the estate are heated with woodchips from the orchards and the own forest, organic fertilization and changing greenery provide for the vineyards healthy growth.

In the wine cellar from the year 1748, wines from the well-known single vineyards Adolzfurter Schneckenhof and Bretzfelder Goldberg mature among others. In addition to the traditional grape varieties, the Birkert estate specializes in bouquet-rich varieties such as Muskateller, Traminer and Bacchus, but also works with new varieties such as the Rotberger, a Trollinger-like red wine.

Weingut Birkert

Unterheimbacher Str. 28
74626 Bretzfeld

Contact:

Tel.: (+49) 0 79 46 / 4 84
Fax : (+49) 0 79 46 / 33 78
info@weingut-birkert.com

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Wine Estate Sommerhausen

„For us, membership in "fair and green" is the logical continuation of our earlier actions - here all wine-related activities are reviewed. Not only is the status quo recorded, but really a continuous improvement process initiated and accompanied! Also, a network of like-minded colleagues is created to exchange experiences. Since 2011 we manage our vineyards organically. Now we go one step further. If a winery is 583 years old, sustainability is just a lot, much more than just a phrase! We like to take on responsibility and commit ourselves today so that it can lead to a good future.” - Martin Steinmann

The documents that testify to the winemaking tradition of the Steinmann family in Sommerhausen extend back to the year 1537. 579 grape harvests later, the young team continues the 25-hectare vineyard in its 15th generation, bringing life and innovation to the old walls of the 1435-built castle. The winery is the opposite of stagnation, encrusted worldview, and misunderstood tradition, as can be inferred from the modern selection Steinmann and the innovative "Franconian Frechen" wines.
In addition to remarkable white and red wines, sparkling wines are being developed in the generous champagne cellar according to the champagne method. Under constant climatic conditions, they experience a multi-year yeast store here and thereby unfold their fine, multi-layered aroma and their elegant and intensely integrated perlage.
On the slopes and steep slopes around Sommerhausen grow on limestone soils excellent wines with high extract content and individual character. The focus is on the classic grape varieties Silvaner, Riesling and the Burgundy family. Particular attention is paid to the care of dry, aromatic wines from the grape varieties Muskatsilvaner, Muskateller, Gewürztraminer and Scheurebe.

 

Weingut Schloss Sommerhausen

Hauptstraße 25
97286 Sommerhausen

Tel. 0 93 33/2 60
Fax 0 93 33/14 88 
info@sommerhausen.com

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Wine Estate Reverchon

"We are a member of Fair and Green, because we want to make the old Saar Riesling tradition both sustainable and future-oriented in production, as well as to assume social responsibility for people and society.We regard future-oriented management within the vineyard Reverchon as indispensable. The first steps towards a responsible future have already been taken and we look forward to developing and promoting each other in exchange with our colleagues from Fair and Green. In the future, we would like to offer wine lovers light, invigorating wines as typical oft the Saar and trust the unique cultural landscape of the Saar in the interest of future generations. "

- Hans Maret and Ralph Herke, Winery Reverchon

As one of the great traditional wine estates of the Saar we are a manufactory for mineral, light Rieslings, as they are typical for the Saar, as well as highly awarded vintage sects. We cultivate centuries-old Riesling tradition in a contemporary way with environmentally friendly wine growing, the vinification with natural yeasts and temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation. Our wines and sparkling wines are filigree, mineral, light and fragrant animating. REVERCHON has a long history. As early as 1685, the "privatization" of the former church vineyard took place. In 1921, it took over the Huguenot banking Reverchon family and built the estate to one of the most renowned companies in the Saar. Three generations later, the estate came through investment backlog, poor vineyard maintenance and quality of wine in the crisis.

Hans Maret ist Unternehmer und Eigentümer des Weinguts Reverchon

In 2007, the entrepreneur Hans Maret took over the winery. An extensive investment program in the listed buildings, the cellar technology and the vineyards followed, along with the establishment of a passionate, highly competent team. With the sole ownership of the Filzener Herrenberg, vineyards in the Filzener Pulchen, the Ockfener Bockstein as well as areas in Konz and Wiltingen, REVERCHON has the perfect basis for the production of large Saar wines and sects.

The south or south-west facing vineyards are predominantly steep slopes with gradients between 35 and 72%, which cause an optimal angle of incidence of the sun's rays and thus provide perfect conditions for the development of high-quality grapes. The quality of the grapes is preserved in all processes in the cellar. By natural sedimentation and controlled fermentation with yeasts own yeasts fruit flavors, layer characteristics and freshness of the wines are optimally preserved. The base wines are bottled after a long yeast storage in March. The vineyard wines remain on the yeast for another three months to first present themselves as characteristic individuals on the bottle in mid-June.

"We put a lot of emphasis on a sustainable and environmentally controlled management of our vineyards, many of which are deliberately done without the use of machinery to care for each individual vine, a late grape picking in several selections and a high proportion of old, partly rooty vines for wines of high density and complexity, always invigorating and light in alcohol with great depth, for pure drinking pleasure without remorse. "

- Winery Reverchon

Weingut & Landhaus Reverchon

Saartalstraße 2 – 3
54329 Konz-Filzen

Tel. 06501- 923500
Fax 06501 -923509

kontakt@weingut-reverchon.de | 

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By the way: in the attached country house of the winery you can also book a room for a short break.

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Wine Estate Rütihof

“Even before we took over the management of the Ruetihof winery in 2004, the topics of sustainability, ecology and environmental protection have shaped our private and professional lives. In our wine-growing business this commitment comes into play in all respects. At FAIR’N GREEN, we find expert support and exchange with other growers to help us evolve.” 

Monica Hasler and Mathias Bürgi 

Link to the vineyard Ruetihof: https://www.weingut-ruetihof.ch/

Our winery Ruetihof is located in Uerikon (municipality Staefa, Switzerland) on the right shore of Lake Zurich and has been managed since 1885 and 5 generations by the Hasler family. Of the

The farm consists of a house with winery, the neighboring chalet (Stöckli) and the time-honored Ruetihof-Schueuer, where we organize our tastings and events.
Since 2004 we, Monica Hasler Buergi and Matthias Buergi run the Ruetihof. Monica studied biology and got involved in detours at the parental vineyard. At the winemaker’s office, she loves working outdoors especially. The training as a biologist is her in the management of vines and winemaking a good foundation. Matthias grew up in the city of Bern. The study of environmental science has brought him to Zurich and love to the Ruetihof. In addition to his varied work at the Ruetihof, he also works as a scientist: At the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL), he heads the research group “Land Use History”.

With the birth of our son Luzian on 1 June 2008, we have become a small family.
In order to be able to handle the work on our manual work, we depend on a committed and reliable team. We greatly appreciate the support of our two longtime employees Pawel and Piotr Domanski.

Our vineyards cover 5 hectares in the Staefner locations Ruetihof, Laubisrueti and Risi. Some of our parcels are extremely steep, which is why mechanization is limited. Although manual labor is time-consuming, it has the advantage that quality can be systematically promoted with every step of the way. Thanks to reduced yields, we produce optimally mature, healthy grapes.
Our vines are not only production areas, but also part of a diverse landscape and thus habitat for plants, animals and humans. What also thrives and lives between the rows of vines or in the adjacent hedges and flower meadows is important to us. In 2004, we renatured a small wetland and are watching with excitement, as nature conquers this area back.
We understand the vineyard as a diverse ecosystem that wants to be carefully managed. Soil fertility and beneficials are promoted, chemical adjuvants used restrained. The confrontation with the natural conditions is the basis for terroir-typical wines.

On our slopes are 8 varieties of grapes in cultivation, including the classics Pinot Noir / Pinot noir and Riesling Sylvaner, the traditional local variety Raeuschling and pioneering new breeds such as Cabernet Dorsa.

Sortenspiegel:

  • Red White
  • Blauburgunder/Pinot Noir
  • Riesling-Sylvaner
  • Zweigelt
  • Räuschling
  • Merlot
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Cabernet Dorsa
  • Gamaret

Our winesIn the cellar, we want to bring the potential of harvested grapes optimal development. From pressing to bottling, we carefully monitor the evolution of each individual wine.
Our goal is rich wines, which convince by variety-typicality and character and as a natural product the terroir and our individual handwriting in Rebbau and pressing are reflected.

RH 4 Schriftzug Ranke Name white red

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