Winery Carl Ehrhard
Pleasure that needs no words.
You’ll find winemaker Carl Ehrhard in what is probably Germany’s best-known wine-growing region – the cultural land of Rheingau, more specifically in Rüdesheim on the Rhine. Petra and Carl Ehrhard took over the traditional winery in 1998 and are the fifth generation to run it.
On about eight hectares of vineyards, which are all located in Rüdesheim, in the sites Berg Rottland and Berg Roseneck, as well as Bischofsheim, Klosterlay and Kirchenpfad, the grape varieties Riesling (85%), Pinot Noir (14%) and Pinot Gris (1%) are cultivated.
The wines are vinified in an old vaulted cellar, which was built at the end of the 19th century and is located directly below the estate’s bar and vinotheque. In the vaulted cellar are the stainless steel tanks (1200l and less) and in the piece barrel cellar is the crowning glory. Here you will find 20 handmade 1200l piece barrels made of German oak.
Each wine sits in its barrel the time it needs for its development. This natural aging process gives the wine a quality of elegance and longevity. “With us, each vintage is allowed and intended to stand out on its own and surprise us again and again,” says Carl Ehrhard.
The dry single-vineyard Rieslings and residually sweet wines are pressed on a basket press, reminiscent of the traditional way of working. The wines are fermented mainly in piece barrels and remain on the fine lees for 7 to 11 months. Just before bottling, they are lightly filtered.
The Pinot Noirs are fermented on the skins for 12 to 18 days and then aged in new and used barriques. In large wooden barrels they remain between 12 and 18 months and are bottled unfiltered.
You can see for yourself that there is a lot to discover here. A visit here is worthwhile and absolutely recommended!