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The Bürgerspital is one of Germany´s largest wine growing estates with 300 acres. It is located in Würzburg, which is part of the Franken region. The estate is a founding member of the VDP association and offers vineyard sites like Würzburger Stein, Stein Harfe (=stone harp) or Würzburger Innere Leiste. They cultivate typical franconian grape varieties like Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau and Bacchus, aswell as some classics like Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
After an unprecedented growing season with heavy rains and tremendous fungal pressure, the grapes were divided to prevent botrytis. The estate wines and local wines were harvested in mid-September with ripe, delicate aromas, but not too sweet - the cool nights shaped the fruit flavors with a positive acidity ratio. In October, the red wines, Erste Lagen and Große Lagen, were harvested promising enormous potential.
Steep slope with old vines (planted in 1971), shell limestone
long maceration, spontaneous fermentation in wooden barrels, fine yeast aging in wooden barrels