Estate Prinz Salm

"For more than 800 years, my family has been cultivating vineyards, sustainable and natural farming is in our DNA, and Fair and Green is helping us to evolve it, with a holistic approach and external control as key principles."

The Winery

Farmed for 800 years by the Salm Salm family, the Weingut Prinz to Salm-Dalberg'sches winery is the oldest family winery in Germany.

The winery was first mentioned around the year 1200 in a document. In the goods list of the year 1200 are registered on the family of the vineyard "Wingert in Summelachen", today Sommerloch and 1217 the vineyard "Breitwiesen". The landlords initially lived on the 1150 built upper castle above Dalberg. When the castle lost its strategic importance, built in 1756 today's Dalberg Castle in two kilometers from Wallhausen to the residence. This building was previously used only as the administrative seat of the lords of the castle.

Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm was president of the VDP for 17 years. In 1988 he began to convert his winery to organic viticulture. Since 1995, the vineyards are managed ecologically according to the guidelines of Naturland. Today's administrator Prince Felix took over the fortunes of the winery in 2014 in the next generation. He leads the company together with his wife Viktoria.

There are regular events and events on the theme of wine in the castle courtyard.

Locations

Nahe
The adjoining terrains of the estate are south-facing steep slopes with excellent microclimate. Near Dalberg is Gruener Schiefer (also called Dalberger schist), while in Wallhausen under a blanket of clay, gravel, sand, loess and quartzite, the valuable Rotliegende (red schist) forms the ground. These soils are the basis for the good minerality of the wines. The "Felseneck" as well as the "Johannisberg" and the lot of land "Berg" are designated as first locations.

Rhine-Hess

The Prince to Salm-Dalberg'sches winery cultivates lots of land on the Scharlachberg and Kirchberg. The scarlet mountain is covered by red weathering slate, which gives the mountain its name (scarlet red mountain). The Kirchberg has a heavy soil with increased lime content. Both vineyards belong to the Bingen ridge with quartzite as the bedrock. The two locations are not only among the best in their region, but also among the best in Germany.

Rhine-Hess

74% of the area's vineyards are planted with Riesling. The remaining 26% are made up of white, gray and Pinot Noir, as well as Scheurebe and Merlot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy

Nature, the soil and the grapevines are the focus of our daily work. The respectful treatment with her is rewarded with a unique natural product.
Wine is not made in the cellar, but outside in the vineyard. In doing so, you rely on the forces of nature, ensuring well-cared-for soils, vital vines, reduced yields and healthy grapes.
During the expansion, the company relies on classic processes as well as on modern cellar technology and on the old vaulted cellar. This ensures balanced fermentation with a balanced coolness. In addition, you consciously rely on long storage times.

Prinz zu Salm-Dalberg’sches Weingut

Schlossstraße 3
D-55595 Wallhausen

Contact:

Tel. 6706944411

info@prinzsalm.de

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Estate Scherr

“As a manager and above all as a family man with three children, I have long been aware of my responsibility to the environment and future generations. That’s why I try to think and work sustainably. However, many potentials have been lost in everyday life or have not been used for lack of knowledge.

Thanks to FAIR’N GREEN we have now intensively examined all areas of our winery and discovered further potentials for sustainable development. As a new member, I am looking forward to the exchange with the Fair and Green colleagues and I promise to be able to integrate the idea of sustainability even more in all areas of operation.”

The Winery

The family business “Estate Scherr”, existing since 1782, cultivates vines on an area of approx. 20 ha. The varietal mirror contains all the grape varieties typical of the region, including Riesling, Dornfelder, Mueller-Thurgau, Scheurebe and all Burgundy varieties.

After completing his viticulture and oenology studies in Geisenheim, Andreas Scherr took over the management of the full-time farm in the southern Palatinate in 2002. Sensitive work with soil, vine and nature are the principles of the work of the Scherr family. In addition to a barrel production of about 20%, the company lives mainly by the direct marketing of its wines.

The winery attaches great importance to a quality and environmentally conscious production and is involved in additional areas such as the carrier of the initiative of the hail flyer e.V. or as chairman of the local pheromone user community to the confusion of the grape moth. In particular, participation in the initiative “demonstration plants integrated crop protection” (since 2014) is of great importance for the winery Scherr. The company relies on continuous training in the field of crop protection. Likewise, there is a focus on the application of alternative plant protection methods and their practical implementation.

The winery hosts numerous wine-related events, such as Wine tasting, viticulture and wine seminars, music afternoons. Socially, the winery is involved, for example in the school garden of the Max-Slevogt-Gymnasium.

Estate Scherr 

Karl-Stein-Straße 9
D-76835 Hainfeld

Kontakt:

Tel. 06323-3777

mail@weingut-scherr.de

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Location of the estate Scherr

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.

 

Estate Bamberger

Contact
Wein- und Sektgut Bamberger
Heiko und Ute Bamberger
Römerstraße 10
55566 MeddersheimTel. +49 (0) 6751 2624
kontakt@weingut-bamberger.de
www.weingut-bamberger.de

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.

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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

For further information, visit:

http://www.urbans-hof.de/cms/en_start-1002.html

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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..

Wine Estate Birkert

Weingut Birkert
Unterheimbacher Str. 28
74626 Bretzfeld

Kontakt:

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

www.weingut-birkert.com

Wine Estate Birkert

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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

Link to the wineryhere 

Location of the winery Schloss Sommerhausen

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.

Location of the winery Reverchon

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

Location of the winery Ruetihof

Buchmann Wines

The wine estate Buchmann from Wittnau is a young family-run business and the first member of FAIR’N GREEN in Switzerland. The wine estate is not only committed to modern vinification and novel grapes but it also strives to promote environmentally balanced production as well as conserve the well-tuned interplay of human and nature in winemaking. All in all, the winery cultivates 16 different red and white wines on eight hectare of vineyard.

Rahel and Daniel Buchmann about FAIR’N GREEN:

“As a second-generation family business, a dutiful and transparent handling with natural resources has always been important to us. In FAIR’N GREEN we found a partner at our side who regards winemaking holistically and matches our understanding of sustainable winemaking."

 Weingut Buchmann Pinot Noir   Weingut Buchmann Lese

 Foto Buchmann Weine Weingarten  Buchmann Weine Marienkäfer

More Information on Buchmann wines:

www.buchmann-weine.ch

The wine estate Buchmann from Wittnau is a young family-run business and the first member of FAIR’N GREEN in Switzerland. The wine estate is not only committed to modern vinification and novel grapes but it also strives to promote environmentally balanced production as well as conserve the well-tuned interplay of human and nature in winemaking. All in all, the winery cultivates 16 different red and white wines on eight hectares of vineyard.

In 2015 Rahel takes over the wine estate of her parents and since then develops it together with her husband and with help of her parents.

In 2000 Rahel began her training as winegrower. After the successful practical examination, she decided to study oenology in Changin. After graduating from university, she now works in the family business since.

In 1999 four hectares of high-quality south-slope vineyards could be taken over from her mother’s family business. The vineyard was newly terraced and cultivated with modern grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Diolinoir, Malbec, Cabernet Dorsa und St. Laurent.

In 1979 Jürg and Heidi Buchmann start their wine estate with four hectares. The vineyards on the southern slopes of Wittnau are cultivated with Riesling, Sylvaner and pinot noir. Later on, the newly bred grape Dornfelder from Germany was added.

Location of the winery Buchmann