- Pfalz, Germany
This wonderfully traditional winery was established in 1758; Franz and his son Matthias represent the seventh and eighth generation here. The estate/s holdings currently consist of 26 hectares of vineyards in Deidesheim, Forst and Ruppertsberg, picturesque villages which lie in the shadow of the Mittelhaardt mountain range, and constitute the great winemaking heart of the Pfalz. Soils are a fantastic mix of geologies, primarily sandstone (bundsandstein) but also basalt boulders, lime and layers of loess and clay, contributing to the complexity and variety of the wines made here. The 200-year-old cellar includes large old barrels as well as modern stainless tanks used for the younger, fresher cuvées. Kimich produces about 100,000+ bottles of wine a year, 97% white wines composed of dry (80%), semi-dry (15%) and sweet (5%).
Matthias refers to his vineyards as "environmentally farmed to preserve the ecological balance of the Palatinate countryside." Here's what that means:
Transitioning ORGANIC since 2019, will be certified in 2022.
No herbicides, no fertilizers, no pesticides.
The winery operates with a negative carbon footprint.
Only sprays: Sulfur, copper, baking soda.
Not vegan; the wines are fined with isinglass.
Temperature controlled fermentations in stainless steel. Most bottlings are vinified with cultured yeasts, but spontan on the higher end cuvees.