The Knipser family winery from the Palatinate - pioneers for top quality wines
Wine-growing in the Palatinate has been practised since the ancient Romans and has earned a position in Germany that stands for the highest quality. Another reason for this reputation is the Knipser Winery from Laumersheim. In the northern part of the Vorderpfalz, picturesquely situated between Bad Dürkheim and Grünstadt, the Knipser brothers create vintage after vintage wines with varietal character. Unique pieces of their origin. Volker and Werner Knipser continue a family tradition that has been going on since 1876, in exemplary quality. The two of them started to take care of their parents' mixed agricultural enterprise on their own responsibility in the 1980s. But the two soon knew that they wanted to concentrate 110% on winegrowing. A milestone in this development was their appointment to the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, or VDP for short, in 1993. This association of Germany's best winegrowers has stood for the highest striving for quality for over 100 years and has revitalised German viticulture in an unexpectedly positive way. What the VDP is for Germany, the Knipsers are for the Palatinate. Their own very high standards have put the picturesque village of Laumersheim on the cards of many top restaurants and on the tongue of the entire German wine world.
Knipser wine - tradition meets modernity
Tradition and innovation are by no means mutually exclusive in the Knipsers' craft. Quite the contrary. In fact, they are mutually dependent. At Weingut Knipser, we are constantly questioning, testing and developing new products. Of course, there are classics such as the Palatinate Riesling or Pinot Noir that are among the best the wine world has to offer, but there are also other world-class grape varieties that have found a new home here. Especially the Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot but also the French noble grape Syrah are firmly rooted in Knipser's portfolio. And so it is not surprising that the most renowned of all German Bordeaux blends of the 'Cuvée X' comes from the Northern Palatinate. In the late eighties the Knipsers also orientated themselves in the winemaking process towards the best drink available at that time - the Bordelais. Their membership in the Barrique Forum impressively underpins their ambitions and gives us wines that impress with their complexity and longevity.
The Palatinate offers the best conditions for the production of top quality wine at the Knipser Winery
The ideal climate for viticulture does not exist, but the special one does. Especially in the Palatinate many favourable factors come together to produce white and red wines of world class. On the one hand, the impressive Palatinate Forest offers a unique rain shadow, which in turn, with only little precipitation, spurs the vines to top performance. The almost 2000 hours of sunshine per year bring almost Mediterranean flair and the best wine-growing conditions, which are also outstanding for French red wine grape varieties. The gnarled vines were planted in the area on loess/clay soils or soils with a lime marl layer. On the slope there is much less humus but more of what gives the wines their unmistakable Palatinate character. The barren sandy soils from the Großkarlbacher Osterberg and the Laumersheimer Kapellenberg make the wines appear fine and filigree. You almost dance to the music. Solid, millennia-old limestone soils can be found in the sites Laumersheimer Kirschgarten, Laumersheimer Steinbuckel, Großkarlbacher Burgweg and the Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad. The best results on these hard soils are usually achieved by Burgundy grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. These sites are the foundation for the success of the Knipsers.
Knipser: Pälzer Jack
One does not get the impression that the very good press or the large number of awards and fans has changed the family. The 'Pälzer Buben' love to be in the 'Wingert' and cellar - taking care of their grapes and wine. Even if the gourmet, the Gault&Millau and the renowned wine critic Eichelmann all give the highest score for the winery, it is always about the best wine quality. And what happens next? Stephan Knipser will soon have the reins in his hands and will be able to offer us top wines year after year, which we can enjoy in peace.
Knipser Bestseller Wines
Clarette Rosé dry - Knipser
Laumersheim Chapel Mountain Riesling-Knipser
Sauvignon Blanc dry - Knipser
Cuvée X - Knipser
More information about Weingut Knipser
|Company Name:||Weingut Knipser|
|Contact & Web|
|Telephone:||+49 6238 742|
|Year of Incorporation:||1876|
|Company Group:||Weingut Knipser|
|Company Owner:||Stephan Knipser, Volker Knipser, Werner Knipser|
|Cultivated Vineyards:||Großkarlbacher Osterberg, Laumersheimer Kapellenberg, Großkarlbacher Burgweg, Laumersheimer Kirschgarten, Laumersheimer Steinbuckel, Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad|
|Soil Type, Soil Characteristics:||Löß- und Kalkmergelauflage, Kalkstein, Sand, Kies|