I am SO EXCITED to be visiting Philipp Kuhn in Pfalz this week!
It will be my first time to Pfalz,and Kuhn is one of the key producers of Pinot Noir, along with other international red varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Laurent, and “early Burgundy” — I suppose I will find out what that means soon!
The winery has twenty hectares planted with Riesling and other international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Gewurztraminer.
Grapes are picked by hand, sometimes in several stages from October to November — it looks like we will be just a bit early to see the harvest. From what I can understand of the German, stalks are discarded and red wines undergo traditional maceration over several weeks for 16 – 20 months.
White grapes are hand picked, and using gravity rather than a pump, pressed very gently.on a pneumatic press. The musts are gently flavored with fermentation temperatures under 20 ° C partly spontaneous, partly fermented with selected yeasts. Then the white wines are aged in stainless steel predominantly reductive or old wooden barrels.
Here is some more info as I gather it …
Large Karl Str 20
67229 Laumersheim/Pfalz 67 229 Laumersheim / Pfalz
Tel: + 49 (0)6238-656 Tel: + 49 (0) 6238-656
Fax: +49 (0)6238-4602 Fax: +49 (0) 6238-4602