Müller Thurgau, Silvaner, Grauer, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Scheurebe, Riesling, Pinot Noir
The Winzerhof Stahl is younger than most of the vineyards that are farmed from it. Probably therefore, it was easy for Christian Stahl to renounce Franconian wine folklore. Instead he presents contemporary Franconian wine culture on a high level. Its wines appeal to the demanding public and the ambitious gastronomy; In the current wine literature they are discussed positively. In 2008, the renowned wine journalist Stuart Pigott awarded Christian Stahl as “Young Wine of the Year.”
He took over the farm of his parents in Auernhofen near Rothenburg o.d. Tauber. 1.5 hectares were then under vines. Today, the Winzerhof farms 15 hectares of vineyards with soils of muschelkalk and clay mines on the slopes of the Tauber, the Main and Steigerwalds.
The most important grape varieties: Müller Thurgau, Silvaner, Grauer and Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Scheurebe, Riesling (2010 not as stainless steel bottled), Pinot Noir.
All the vineyards are oriented to the south-west and south. With low yield per stick, carefully selected and consistently selected at optimum maturity, their vines provide the basis for the reductively developed, fruit-grown, mineral white wines of the estate. Stahl’s claim: The wines of the base line must also develop on the palate pressure, convince by a clear fruit pattern and have sufficient maturity potential; Those from the middle or premium segment should, in spite of their greater concentration, leave a lively, refreshing mouthfeel, distinguish themselves by healthy drinking flow and prove themselves as versatile supporters of the food.
The quality pyramid ranges from the “spring steel” wines over the middle line “damascene steel” to the premium wines of the “stainless steel” series – without renouncing common predicate names. The decision on this individual classification is not necessarily approved by the official wine bureaucracy, but has proved itself many times over.
Contemporary wine-style is also evident in the furnishings. That is why Christian Stahl does not have any bagpipes. He fills his wines in Bordelaise, pin and burgundy bottles with Stelvin twist locks.