Tour of the private winery in Germany
• for private winery tour in Germany
On the road in Heidelberg, on the advice of our relatives, we decided to call in a small private winery where (as we were told) came Vladimir Putin, and bought a few cases of wine. Of course, we immediately wanted to buy a bottle of wine.
In addition to wine tasting, we had a tour, raskazali lot of interesting and unexpected, for example, about the destruction of excess wine produced.
The climate of the whole of Germany does not meet the requirements of the vine, so the wine-making involved only in some south-east of the country. Basic German vineyards are located on the banks of the Rhine and its tributaries.
The central street of the small town Roybahta not full of advertising signs, despite the fact that in a lot of different wineries.
We go to a quiet and cozy courtyard, where the winery Linda - the one about which family members have told us.
The hostess greeted us and invited into a cozy tasting room. Soon it became clear that Putin here never came and tried the wine at an exhibition in St. Petersburg, where he bought a few boxes.
Amazing coasters for bottles.
After a short conversation, we went on a tour of the production. Wooden barrels are used mainly for red wine, oak lends a certain shade of taste. These barrels for over 100 years and they do not give the wine its smell. New same wooden barrels used only 2 years, and then only for certain wines. Old wooden barrels after long use most often sent to Scotland, where they are stored whiskey.
In each of these small wooden barrel of 125 liters of red wine. All barrels of oak, and only 2 out of chestnut wood for the white wine. Such drums should always be filled, otherwise the tree will lose its properties. Included in the wood material enrich the bouquet of wine, and during aging in wood the wine is aging and gradually becomes saturated with oxygen. drum size also plays an important role: the larger the barrel, the smaller the tree affects the wine, the slower the oxygen saturation. Wine in a large barrel aging very slowly.
In recent years become increasingly popular containers made of stainless steel, because new wooden barrels not cheap, they are difficult to manufacture and maintenance. However, the effect of aging wine in wooden casks is incomparable with anything, so it will never be a decent replacement. The barrels of stainless steel is kept mainly white wine.
The German winemakers buy new oak barrels and give them for free to use in Ireland and Britain, where they are stored whiskey. After 10 years, when the tree stops to give a smell, barrels taken back.
The Germans generally prefer white wines. Standard German consumes about 26 liters of wine per year.
Until recently, the German wine law does not attempt to limit yields (among the highest in the world). Now everything is different: there are certain limits and if the winemaker for them out, he must formally notify Noynshtadt (main vinodelnichesky city) and destroy the excess wine. Also, according to the law 3 bottles of wine with a lot number should be sent to the same Noynshtadt to if you have any complaints about the quality of the wine, it can always be verified.
The machine for bottling.
Lind delivers your wine in different countries:.. In Finland, Japan, China, etc. For example, the party of wine ordered from the Government of Finland for the Christmas holidays.
Many private buyers from other countries to order the delivery of wine by mail. In Russia, this wine is, alas, not for sale.
At some point in our tour and he joined Mr. Lind - winemaker at 15 generations. In Germany it pays to be a winemaker with a name, and beginners in this business is very hard to achieve something.
The quality of their wine, Mr. Lind watched personally. Every day he tries to 16 wines from their vineyard! In his personal possession of 20 hectares of different grape varieties, but this is not enough and you have to buy more from the neighbors. Their grapes in wine Linda 60-70%.
In the eight boxes in the corner is 250 bottles from all the years of operation of the winery, the oldest bottle of more than 100 years. One such box costs about 60,000 euros. Most wine is at the top - the lower, the older the bottle.
At the moment, almost all wine is sold out and noticeably empty warehouse.
Lind told us many interesting things, including the way he participated in an exhibition in St. Petersburg, where several boxes of his wine bought Putin. In the photo the same sort of wine.
After buying a pair of sly Russian businessmen offered to import wine in Russia, but at a price below cost - 1 euro / bottle.
Also, we spoke briefly about the types of wine and the culture of its use. Instead of the usual separation for us into categories (dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet), Germany decided to share the wine to different situations and people: quick drink at the meeting to impress and leave, or long to savor in a pleasant environment with a good conversationalist. Light wines can be drunk the whole evening, strong tart - do not drink more than 1-2 glasses. Health beneficial to drink 1-2 bottles of good natural wine a week.
"The Russian people do not understand, what wine to choose for a particular case and how to drink it, so many drink in one gulp. Because of this, in your country so popular cheap wine. "
Medals for victory in the wine festivals.
So modest winery looks from the street.
Before his visit to Linda, we had planned to buy only a couple of "Putin's" bottles of wine, but after the tour, tasting and pleasant conversation, we hardly limited to two boxes.