The wine village Kinheim-Kindel is located in the midst of the ancient cultural landscape of the Middle-Mosel. Already the Celts and Romans were using the ideal climatic conditions to grow wine in the region. Five Roman villas used to exist within the borders of Kinheim-Kindel. In the gravel of one of those villas a unique statue of the Gaulish-Roman god of vintners and coopers, Sucellus
, was found.
The soil of weathered grey and blue slate gives fine fruit aromas and stimulating minerality to the wines that are produced here. Wines from Kinheim are rarely heavy and alcoholic but of a delicate fragrance and contained in their saline and cooling zest. The Romans knew why they tended their vines here. Since 1978 we continue their efforts for a natural viticulture. With the help of biodynamic supplements we can incentivise the processes in the vineyards, so our wines can speak of their heritage. "With nature for good wine" is our motto, and our success speaks for itself.
At the heart of the Mosel valley, in an ancient cultural landscape where the Romans made wine, my wife Rita and I are tending our vineyards according to the principles of biodynamic viticulture. In 1978 we decided to break with the tradition of the old familiy-run wine estate and switched to organic farming methods. "Biodynamic" means more than renouncement of artificial fertilizers, herbicides and other poisons, it is a mindset of responsibility, local action but global thinking. Today we cultivate mainly Riesling, to growing international acclaim. Most vines are on steep slatey slopes and we are astonished at the steady increase of the sophistication of the resulting wines. Evidently it takes a whole vintner's lifetime to shift exhausted and depleted soils to a new level of vitality.