About the Winery
Daniel and Jonas Brand
18 hectares, organic
COUNTRY, REGION, SUBREGION
Germany, Pfalz, Bockenheim
Fifth-generation winemakers Daniel and Jonas Brand took over the family winery from their father Jürgen in 2014 – with his support they expanded from 12 to 18ha and transitioned production to fully organic and natural. The brothers now have the whole estate under organic cultivation and are producing a large amount of wine with no added sulphur.
They entirely refuse to use mineral fertilizers or pesticides. Instead they use the power of nature: plant-based remedies such as herbal extracts or teas strengthen their vines. More biodiversity helps to keep the vineyards vital and the soils healthy. Therefore they plant clover and wild herbs on their cultivated areas to attract more bees and other beneficial insects.
Together with the ideal climatic conditions, healthy and juicy grapes can grow in a natural balance and good wine can be produced in truly organic quality.
Bockenheim has a cooler climate than most of the Pfalz (therefore the grapes ripen slower). The weather in their area is influenced by the Donnersberg mountain (around 650m high) which shields them from incoming weather systems, the wind is then funnelled down two valleys which means it is fairly breezy and this helps keep the vineyards free from mildew.
12 ha of there are situated on the Bockenheim Sonnenberg hill, vineyards range from 150m up to 350m.
About the Wine
What result pear and honey nuts together? Right, a salty-fresh feeling that you would like to have again
Selected harvests yield 6000l / ha, gentle pressing, maceration, fermentation by wild (spontaneous) yeasts, unvarnished and untreated
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Blanc
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.