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The great difference?

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BARTHENAU Vigna S. Michele



BARTHENAU Vigna S. Urbano




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Only the term “Vigna”

guarantees the origin of a single-vineyard wine

and is combined with the famed name of the vineyard parcel.

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Martin Foradori Hofstätter and Riesling north of the Alps!

Riesling has accompanied me since childhood. I remember how my father would go down into the private wine cellar to choose a wine for Christmas dinner every year. The choice was nearly always a Riesling from the north side of the Alps.

Back then we also had our own small Riesling vineyard, but unfortunately its wine could not compare with its relatives from Germany, Alsace and Austria.

During all these years that I have comforted myself by collecting (and drinking...) Rieslings from vintner colleagues north of the Alps, an unquenched desire to make my own Riesling remained. It has always been the Rieslings from the steep vineyards of the Mosel that particularly fascinated me.

I met and got to know the vintner Nik Weis on a business trip. His St. Urbans-Hof winery and vineyards have a privileged location along the Mosel and Saar Rivers.
As we engaged in conversation over a glass of wine, I told him of my dream of a Riesling winery. A life-long dream was soon to become reality. Shortly after this, the unexpected opportunity arose for a joint venture with Nik Weis in an old established winery along the Saar. We are now partners in a historic wine-producing enterprise on the Saar, the “Weingut Dr. Fischer – Bocksteinhof.”

This old traditional winery is in Ockfen on the Saar River at the foot of the famous Bockstein, one of the best vineyard slopes in all of Germany and one that is classified by the VDP (Verband der Deutschen Prädikatsweingüter” as a “Grosse Lage” (grand cru). The vineyards of the Weingut Dr. Fischer – Bocksteinhof are planted exclusively with Riesling.

The 2013 vintage was not an easy one and can be described as short, cold, and damp. The efforts were thus concentrated in the vineyards with meticulous thinning of excessive grapes to achieve the highest possible degree of ripeness. Only through these measures could high grape quality be ensured. The only disadvantage was that half of the normal quantity had to be sacrificed.

The wines of the 2013 vintage are characterized by their piquant acidity, which is simultaneously a guarantee for the longevity of these wines.