Immich-Batterieberg

  • Mosel, Germany

We are very excited to be working with Gernot Kollmann, one of the most watched winemakers in Germany. After working at Van Volxem and then making the Knebel wines in 2008, Gernot had the opportunity (with partners) to purchase the historic estate of Immich-Batterieberg. 

The Immich family history in the Mosel dates back to the Middle Ages, when a Prince von Esch possessed the 12th-century building. Located in the center of Enkirch, the original section of the castle, Escheburg, is named after him. The Immich family would own the estate for over 500 years (1425–1989). In the mid-19th century, Carl August Immich needed more cultivable land on which to plant vines. His holdings included the Enkirch hillside, which was less a hillside and more a steep cliff face of solid stone; using sprengbatterien (a battery of explosives filled with gunpowder) from 1841 to 1845, he reduced the site to rubble, which not only made it cultivable but also gave the vineyard its name, Batterieberg (“demolition hill”). The estate's name refers to this site.

The estate consists of 13 ha. Holdings include 1.1 ha of the best parcels in the Batterieberg (grand cru in grey slate + quartzit), as well as parcels in the great vineyards of Ellergrub (grand cru in blue slate), Steffensberg (1er cru in red slate) and Zeppwingert (grand cru in grey slate + quartzit). All of these sites contain parcels of very old, ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines--a genuine treasure trove of vine material almost unknown elsewhere in Germany. The Escheburg is a dry Riesling, firm and impressive, made from a blend of ungrafted vines from Steffensberg, Ellergrub and Batterieberg. It represents an astonishing value. Batterieberg is located within the larger Zeppwingert, which along with Ellergrub and Steffensberg were among the highest-ranked vineyards according to the 1897 Mosel-Weinbau-Karte, the Prussian viticultural tax map of the Mosel. Gernot's most recent acquisition in 2014 was a small, dizzyingly steep site in neighboring Traben called the Zollturm ("toll tower") which he uses partly for his Sekt and partly for a grand cru cuvee named for the site. The wines are all produced dry in a combination of used casks and stainless steel with full fermentations, ambient yeasts and nothing added to the wines except a low amount of sulfur. The wines are therefore natural and vegan. They are also compellingly vibrant, long-lived in the cellar, and most profoundly terroir-driven.

Immich-Batterieberg has been practicing organic viticulture for ten years and will certify for the first time in 2022. 

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB1051-15
91MFW, 91VM
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Extra Brut Jour Fixe
2015
Riesling
This incredible champenoise-style sekt wine is vintage dated 2015, sourced from 3 vineyards of old, ungrafted vines:  Ellergrub (... Read More
Germany

DB1051-16
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Extra Brut Jour Fixe
2016
Riesling
The Riesling Sekt Brut Nature “Jour Fixe” is made from equal parts of fruit harvested in the upper part of the Enkircher Ellergrub, the... Read More
Germany

DB0903-19
JS:95
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Ellergrub
2019
Riesling
The Grand Cru Ellergrub is Gernot’s favorite vineyard to work. Century-old, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines planted on a blue slate... Read More
Germany

DB0903-20
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Ellergrub
2020
Riesling
The Grand Cru Ellergrub is Gernot’s favorite vineyard to work. Century-old, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines planted on a blue slate... Read More
Germany

DB8396-19
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Kabinett C.A.I.
2019
Riesling
The calling card wine from hero/vintner/reconteur/gourmand Gernot Kollmann is a crisp, crunchy, keenly balanced, TOTALLY DRY Riesling from... Read More
Germany

DB0904-17
95WA, 92VM
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Batterieberg
2017
Riesling
The namesake vineyard of the estate, a Grand Cru created by blasting the toweringly steep cliff face to rubble in the 1840s. Grey slate,... Read More
Germany

DB0904-18
JS:95
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Batterieberg
2018
Riesling
The namesake vineyard of the estate, a Grand Cru created by blasting the toweringly steep cliff face to rubble in the 1840s. Grey slate,... Read More
Germany

DB0904-19
JS:96
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Batterieberg
2019
Riesling
The namesake vineyard of the estate, a Grand Cru created by blasting the toweringly steep cliff face to rubble in the 1840s. Grey slate,... Read More
Germany

DB0904-20
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Batterieberg
2020
Riesling
The namesake vineyard of the estate, a Grand Cru created by blasting the toweringly steep cliff face to rubble in the 1840s. Grey slate,... Read More
Germany

DB4520-19
Organic
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Briedler Herzchen
2019
Riesling
From a vineyard site just the other side of the Marienberg from Clemens Busch's holdings.
Germany

DB0903-16
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Ellergrub
2016
Riesling
The Grand Cru Ellergrub is Gernot’s favorite vineyard to work. Century-old, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines planted on a blue slate... Read More
Germany

DB0903-18
JS:92
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Ellergrub
2018
Riesling
The Grand Cru Ellergrub is Gernot’s favorite vineyard to work. Century-old, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted vines planted on a blue slate... Read More
Germany

DB0901-18
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Escheburg
2018
Riesling
A blend of the remaining grapes from all single vineyard parcels:  80% ungrafted vines from Steffansberg and 20% ungrafted vines from... Read More
Germany

DB0901-19
JS:94
Immich-Batterieberg Clone of Riesling Trocken Escheburg
2018
Riesling Germany

DB1600-20
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Trocken Zollturm
2020
Riesling
The Trabener Zollturm is sourced from the old-vines portion of a hectare recently acquired from a Kröv vintner in a once highly rated site... Read More
Germany

DB0905-18
JS:95
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Zeppwingert Feinherb
2018
Riesling
From a 4.5 hectare vineyard consisting of 6 small, steep terraces.
Germany

DB0905-20
Immich-Batterieberg Riesling Zeppwingert Feinherb
2020
Riesling
Zeppwingert is a steep grand cru of grey slate + quartzit containing multiple parcels of very old, ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines. It... Read More
Germany