Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg
A winery on a castle on a fort. How’s that for history?
Wednesday 30 March 2022
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Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg was actually named after a grand and imposing Mediaeval castle that once stood in the grounds of the winery, itself built on a Roman fort. The history of wine in Germany is long and storied, and this physical connection to the past through the very foundations of Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg’s cellar is a solid reminder. Wine has been made and enjoyed in Germany for a very long time indeed.
It’s funny, isn’t it? For many wine drinkers, Germany isn’t the first country to spring to mind when thinking about a wine region to explore. Perhaps this is due to the sweet, mass-produced, low-quality wines of the ‘70s and ‘80s – remembered in harsh light and with harsher adjectives – a far cry from the outstanding wines we now find in Germany’s Palatinate (Pfalz) and other regions. Or perhaps it’s simply down to international marketing: German wines are enjoyed widely in Germany and mainland Europe. Who’s to say that they even need the UK market to wise up?
Based in Pfalz in the South West of Germany, along the Rhine and at the crossroads of two major Roman roads, Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg can claim a 2000-year history of winemaking on this site. Artefacts have been found in the vineyards to credit these claims – wine is much more than a drink here.
“...One thing is always part of the cultural heritage of wine: joie de vivre and fun!”
The Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg story might be layered with fascinating history and nobility, but the current group of 86 winegrowers within the cooperative, plus the office, cellar and logistics staff regard themselves as a modern, slightly off-beat team, working together for the love of wine.
The wines we’ve chosen from Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg for this month’s box represent their keenness to create German wine with distinction and clarity.
If you receive white wines, you may have the Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg Pinot Blanc, a classic and classy representation of dry German Pinot Blanc. Keeping this wine dry shows off the Pfalz region’s ability to produce white wines with racy acidity that still share a lot of fruit character — but this particular wine has a much more balanced acidity and subtlety that makes it an ideal match for seafood.
Pfalz is also the home of German red wine, and more red wine grapes are grown here than in any other region in the country. If you receive red wines in your Wine52 box, you may very well spot the Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg Dornfelder there — a cool climate red that’s full of interest and fun. Dornfelder thrives in the cooler climate of Pfalz, and here it has created a fruity, juicy red wine, deep with colour and light tannins.
“...quality is created in the vineyard and refined in the wine cellar.”
The growers of the Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg cooperative work with a variation of soils in their diverse area of Pfaltz, covering limestone, granite, loam and sandstone. Their local knowledge of the region is necessary to the quality of the wine, as the cooperative spans 400 hectares (988 acres).
The “refinery” of the grapes, as Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg calls it, takes place in the cellar, which is also run by experts in their field. Unlike many German winemakers of note, this cellar makes use of state-of-the-art technology — you’ll find no mouldy old cellars here. Instead, Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg looks to combine historic wine culture and traditional methods with new technological innovations. This includes the use of biological acid reduction, a winemaking method pioneered by the cellar’s former master.
This blend of old and new is what makes Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg so unique. We hope you enjoy tasting their wines this month!
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