The family winery Knipser from the Palatinate wine region in Germany is a real pioneer winery. Volker and Werner Knipser continue a family tradition that has been going on since 1876, in exemplary quality. The two began in the 1980s to take care of their parents' agricultural business on their own. But the two quickly knew that they wanted to concentrate 110% on winegrowing. A milestone in this development was the appointment to the Association of German Prädikatsweingüter, VDP for short, in 1993. For more than 100 years, this association of Germany's best winegrowers has stood for the highest striving for quality and has revived German viticulture in an unexpectedly positive way.
What the VDP is for Germany, the Knipsers are for the Palatinate. They brought the picturesque small place Laumersheim on the maps of many Top restaurants and on the tongue of the entire German wine world.
Tradition and innovation are by no means mutually exclusive in the craft of Knipser. Quite the opposite. They even condition each other. The Knipser winery is constantly questioning, testing and redeveloping. Of course there are classics like the Pfälzer Riesling or Spätburgunder which are among the best that the wine world has to offer, but there are also other grape varieties of world format which have found a new home here. Especially the Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot but also the French Syrah are firmly rooted in Knipser's portfolio.
And so it is not surprising that the most renowned of all German Bordeaux blends, the Cuvée X, comes from the Northern Palatinate. In the late eighties, the Knipsers also oriented their winemaking activities to the best of what could be drunk at that time - the Bordelais. Their membership in the Barrique Forum impressively underlines your ambitions and gives us wines that captivate through complexity and longevity.
The Palatinate offers the best conditions for the production of top-quality wine
Especially in the Palatinate many favourable factors come together to produce world-class white and red wines. On the one hand, the Palatinate Forest offers a unique rain shadow, which in turn, with little rainfall, spurs the vines to peak performance. The almost 2000 hours of sunshine per year bring almost Mediterranean flair and best winegrowing conditions, which are also outstanding for French red wine varieties. The gnarled vines were planted in the area on loess/clay soils or soils with a lime marl layer. On the hillside there is considerably less humus but more of what gives the wines their unmistakable Palatinate character. The barren sandy soils of the Großkarlbacher Osterberg and the Laumersheimer Kapellenberg make the wines appear fine and elegant.
Solid limestone soils dating back thousands of years can be found in the Laumersheimer Kirschgarten, Laumersheimer Steinbuckel, Großkarlbacher Burgweg and Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad vineyards. The best results on these hard soils are mostly achieved by the Burgundy-varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Thus, the sites form the foundation for the success of the Knipsers.
More information about Weingut Knipser
|Company Name:||Weingut Knipser|
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|Telephone:||+49 6238 742|
|Year of Incorporation:||1876|
|Company Group:||Weingut Knipser|
|Company Owner:||Stephan Knipser, Volker Knipser, Werner Knipser|
|Cultivated Vineyards:||Großkarlbacher Osterberg, Laumersheimer Kapellenberg, Großkarlbacher Burgweg, Laumersheimer Kirschgarten, Laumersheimer Steinbuckel, Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad|
|Soil Type, Soil Characteristics:||Löß- und Kalkmergelauflage, Kalkstein, Sand, Kies|