Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet. It shows off the aromatic charm of the variety with the deliciously juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.
Founded in 1756, in the Pfalz region of Germany, the J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf) was a successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. It entered an especially glamorous era with the construction of its Italianate estate house and villa in 1843.
In the latter years of the 20th century, however, the estate languished, lacking a firm hand to guide its wine production. Ernst Loosen, of the Dr. Loosen estate, took over the vineyards in 1996, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate’s quality and reputation.
Since 2011, the estate has been managed by a talented and dedicated young couple who met while working at Dr. Loosen. Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking at Villa Wolf.
The goal at Villa Wolf is to produce wines that express the pure, authentic terroir of the Pfalz. Made in the classic style of the Pfalz, Villa Wolf Rieslings are drier and more full-bodied than Mosel Rieslings, with fully ripe fruit flavors and a characteristic stoniness in the aroma.
The Pfalz region also has a long tradition with other grape varieties, allowing Ernst and his team to expand their winemaking palate to include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Dornfelder. To preserve the naturally high quality of the vineyards, we employ sustainable viticultural practices and emphasize gentle handling of the fruit through traditional, minimalist winemaking.
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Gewurztraminer (Guh-WERTZ-trah-meen-ehr) Spice is Nice
If you've ever smelled a lychee, you'll probably recognize a wine made from
Gewurztraminer. Gewurz, the german term for spice, adequately describes the
aromas and flavors that permeate wines made from the grape. Mostly grown in
and Germany's Pfalz region, Gewurztraminer is not the easiest vine to tend.
While it ripens quickly, it also needs some time on the vine to get all of its
aromas and acids balanced - which, in turn makes it more suitable for cooler
climates and constant attention.
Acidity is the maker or breaker of this grape. The distinct aromas and flavors
give the wine depth and body, but without good acid they can be cloying and
flat. Most Gewurtztraminers are dry, but so heady in aromas and texture, that
they can seem sweet to one's senses. You'll also notice that the wines are deep
and rich in color - the skins of the Gewurtztraminer are pinkish-red. Other
than lychee, typical descriptors of Gewurztraminer are roses and perfume. It's
blend of fruits and acid make it a perfect match for spicy food like Indian
Summing it up
Successful Sites: Alsace, Germany
Common Descriptors: lychee nut, floral, perfume
Learn More About Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr)
The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep this necessary slate in tact, when the rock slide down the steep vineyard hillsides, the vineyard workers grab a bucket and carry the rocks right back up to the vines. There is a level of care taken in the vineyards of Mosel that rivals most other regions. Tasting the wines helps to understand why.
Riesling is the grape of the Mosel – the combination of this grape with the slate soils is what makes Mosel wines so breathtakingly delicate. Common descriptors of the Mosel Rieslings include steely acidity, wet stone and delicate texture. Lower in alcohol and high in acidity, the wines are still balanced with the rich flavors of Riesling and the slate-y flavors from the soil. Two districts (or Bereiche) that you find most often on Mosel labels are Bernkastel and Zell. Both are good producers of wine from this region. Many other good wines are coming from the area – just look to make sure the bottle says "Riesling" on the label – that's a sign of quality.