A busier day beckoned as we headed south to the Pfalz. This is often described as a wine paradise. With 1800 sunshine hours and only moderate rainfall, it is the perfect location not only for vineyards but also for a wide range of other fruits and crops. Yesterday we were in the Rheingau which is one of the smallest areas of production, whereas the Pfalz is the second largest after the Rheinhessen. Our first stop was Weingut Von Winning in the historic and beautiful village of Deidesheim. Jessica gave us a wonderful tour of the historic cellars with a comprehensive tasting of seven different wines that reflected the diversity not only of the estate but of the Pfalz region. Riesling of course, but we also tasted comparative Sauvignon blancs, a variety of reds including some terrific Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay.
We took a short hop north to the tiny village of Bissersheim. This is where the terrific Knipser estate have their Halbstuck restaurant. Knipser are an amazing family who have done a fabulous job of promoting top class Pfalz wine and have pioneered Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in the region. I first visited Knipser in 2006 and have never forgotten the experience. Stefan Braun hosted us in truly magnificent style. Sitting in the courtyard in brilliant sunshine, we started an epic tour of the Knipser wines. Sekt, whites, rose, reds, late harvest Gewürztraminer……it was truly awesome. At least twelve wines later and a delicious three course there were a few white flags being flown.
It was a truly memorable experience and reinforced my views on the incredible quality coming from Knipser.