We paint taste pictures
Weingut KünstlerHochheim am Main, Deutschland
Gunter KünstlerOne man, countless passions
What’s in a name: "We paint taste pictures", says winemaker Gunter Künstler about his work. To bottle a vintage, a winemaker needs 15 months of work. Then and only then is the wine a work of art - and perfect in taste, aroma and harmony. These criteria matter much more to Gunter than the analytical values in determining the quality.
"JRE wants to bring joy with luxury food and we want that too! We are united by the best food, the best wines, emotional experiences and the goal of making healthy eating a trend in Germany."
Owner Weingut Künstler
The Rhine's change of course on its way north for 35 km and flow west is a miracle of nature. Hochheim, Gunter’s hometown, is the only Rheingau wine-growing community located directly on the Main. In this area, just before the river flows into the Rhine, the river forms a cone that faces south and is not shaded either east or west. In this region, the king of white wines, Riesling, has a unique southern exposure, while the Taunus, which rises to 880 meters, protects the vines from the cold winds of the north. Due to their favourable orientation and light reflection, both rivers are ideal for vineyards.
Those who purchased wine from Berry Brothers in London in 1896 would find a large variety of Rheingau Rieslings under the term "HOCK" on the sales list at that time. This term, modified from the place name Hochheim, is a synonym for outstanding Rhine wines in the English-speaking world. During that time, the white Rheingau was the best wine in the world. The truly valuable "HOCK" wines are still made in Hochheim from excellent vineyards such as Domdechaney, Kirchenstück, Hölle, and Stielweg.
A vineyard's quality cannot be increased in the cellar, only maintained. Because of this, Weingut Künstler places a high priority on environmentally friendly, natural, and quality-oriented vineyard care. This includes the greening and sometimes also the covering of the rows of vines, as well as the timely and professional work on the vines, from pruning to selective harvesting. The work done in spring and summer lays the foundation for a successful autumn. The goal of Weingut Künstler is to process only healthy, very ripe grapes. To do this, aeration of the grape zone during vineyard development is extremely important.