Founded in Wachenheim in the 16th century by Bernhard Bürklin and expanded to its present size in the 19th century by Dr. Albert Bürklin, Weingut Dr.Bürklin-Wolf continues to shine in the 21st century as one of the premier wine estates in all Germany. Weingut Dr.Bürklin-Wolf also possesses the distinction of being the largest family-owned wine estate in Germany with a total of 275 acres (by California standards this would be a decidedly modest size property), all of it in the Mittelhardt – the quality core of the renowned Pfalz region, along the Rhine River just to the east of Germany's border with Alsace. Dr.Bürklin-Wolf includes most of the top sights in the Pfalz, including those in Wachenheim, Deidersheim, and Ruppertsberg. Moreover, two of the region's most famous vineyards, Gaisbohl and Rechbächel are owned entirely by Dr.Bürklin-Wolf. Hence, the term Monopol is attached to their name.
Since 1990, Dr.Bürklin-Wolf has witnessed a true renaissance, beginning with the ascendancy of Bettina Bürklin and her husband Christian von Guradze to the helm. Under their direction, this historic property has re-discovered the Golden Age of Riesling and re-introduced this noble grape variety to the world. In the19th and early 20th centuries Riesling eclipsed all other white varietals. This was an era when Riesling was made to be richly textured, notoriously long-lived, and fermented dry in large oak barrels. Then, Riesling graced the noblest tables of the civilized world, and so it does again, thanks to Bettina Bürklin and Christian von Guradze at Dr.Bürklin-Wolf.
Riesling, the other great white grape variety, reigns supreme at Dr.Bürklin-Wolf. Here, Riesling is fermented naturally dry, in the traditional manner; yet, it retains all the luscious golden goodness for which the finest Rieslings are world-renowned. In essence, the wines of Dr.Bürklin-Wolf are all about natural fruit, rather than residual sugar. Thanks to excellent winemaking skills and noble terroir authentic dry Riesling is once again on the ascendancy in Germany.
Riesling: The Other Great White Grape Variety
The Riesling grape is one of the oldest known white grape varieties. Its origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Its home is traditionally ascribed to Germany, particularly the areas along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, but Riesling has been cultivated extensively in Alsace, Austria, and Northern Italy for centuries. With full, rich, flavorful fruit and a naturally high acidity, a well made Riesling can live for decades. In fact, Rieslings constitute some of the longest lived wines in the world; quite a few 17th and 18th examples still exist in excellent condition.
Although Riesling is susceptible to Botrytis cinera ("noble rot") and is capable of making some of the planet's most glorious dessert wines, the greatness of Riesling as well as its legendary reputation in past centuries was based not upon sweet wines but dry wines similar to Dr.Bürklin-Wolf's Wachenheimer Rechbächel. Thanks to Bettina Bürklin, Christian von Guradze, and other like-minded winemakers, Germany and the international community have rediscovered the glorious tradition of dry Riesling – a wine that can come to table before dessert or be enjoyed as an aperitif, like the other great white grape variety – Chardonnay.