"Wine is a cultural asset. For over 400 years, our family has been cultivating vineyards. For us it is important to sustain this culture, nature and our soil sustainably. With the holistic approach of Fair'n Green we want to produce outstanding wines in the future as well. This can only be achieved by taking into account the entire value chain, responsible action and fair cooperation between the winegrower, our team of employees and our customers. "
- Wine Estate Bernhard Koch
The Estate Bernhard Koch
The family crest can be traced back to the year 1610. Since that time the family runs viticulture. Today, Bernhard Koch manages the business, together with his wife Christine, who looks after customer service and sales. Already in his early years Bernhard Koch had to take over the parental estate. Later, he gained valuable experience on many trips abroad to wine-growing regions. Since his trip to Champagne in 1982, one of his passions has been sparkling wine - and this has given rise to a long-term, great commitment to the sect.
The offspring is already at the threshold. After completing his apprenticeship at the wineries Knipser and Dr. med. Heger started studying viticulture in Geisenheim. His younger brother Konstantin is very interested in the marketing side of the wine business and in 2015 started studying wine and business administration in Heilbronn. A promising combination for the future ...
Our absolute focus is on working in the vineyard. Today, with the analyzed knowledge of soil types and their effects on the different grape varieties, we can be very specific. Consistent manual work is indispensable, and in every season. Vines are like children: they should give them the freedom to develop themselves, but clear rules and boundaries must be in place so that they can grow into individual characters.
Multiple selection and, if necessary, time-shifted read passes are a matter of course today in order to achieve appropriate qualities. At the same time, we are always able to tease out the tips from the best locations.
In a lot of elaborate manual work, we try to accompany the free flow of nature and the weather year after year in such a way that healthy, mature grapes emerge again and again, which we can then form into clear, expressive wines. Low yields form the basis for rich harvest. One of our priorities is the early reduction of our harvest quantities in the vineyard. In the cellar, the motto is not to strain the wine, but to accompany it and give it the opportunity to develop its own character. Depending on the type of wine, we rely on the use of stainless steel tanks, barrique or even larger wooden barrels to provide the wines with the perfect environment for maturing. Gutsweine, Ortsweine and Lagenweine arise in this entire, meaningful interaction. In this whole, intricate interplay, house wines, regional wines and premium wines are produced.
If we look back 25 years, an amazing but also logical development has taken place. At that time, we managed five hectares of our own vineyards and bought grapes from five more hectares. Today we stand at about 50 hectares. Also, the number of bottles produced has increased tenfold. Initially, all work was done in the circle of the family members, so we have for about 20 years extremely proven helpers from Silesia, some even moved with their families in the Palatinate. Since the end of 2013, we also employ a very dedicated winemaker with Chie Sakata.
We see development not only in terms of personnel, but also in terms of content. We never stop, but we have to question regularly whether and what should be readjusted in the direction taken. For us, this has recently meant that in some grape varieties, the quality screws up clearly attract. Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - here we have each created top segments that claim to play in the regional top. Especially with the Pinot Noir we span a wide arc from the "S" to the "Grande Réserve". By the way: we prefer to lower our alcohol content than to high. Good taste does not need record values.
Wine as a cultural asset is there to drink and wine should be fun.
The best location Hainfeld! The word "Letten" always indicates that here a soil has a fairly high clay content, which stores excellent water in plant-available form. Limestone marl and clay marl alternate, depending on which area you are in. The situation runs from Rhodt south towards Hainfeld. Particularly interesting for our top wines are the lots of land with high lime content: they bring us minerality and longevity.
Chapel of Hainfeld
A location with several faces. On the one hand, we have the "Kastanienberg" a sandy ridge with southern slope, equally towards Weyher as to Burrweiler. As a vineyard for wines of the quality level "Cabinet". It's ideal for light, fragrant Riesling. Than the soil here warms quickly and well and so early an physiological ripeness of the grapes can be achieved. On the other hand, we find arround of the chapel clay loess soils in the direction to the Flemlinge District. There are our burgundy vines of the middle segment.
In the area of the Modenbachtal, tectonic activities over the millions of years have resulted in various changes in the soil. In the area of the Michelsberg, which descends from Weyher down to Hainfeld, formed large layers of granite shale, which just give our Rieslings an inimitable mineral character.