Weingut Bischel is one of the rising stars of northern Rheinhessen. They are highly recognized by leading wine guides in Germany and are beginning to attract international attention by the likes of Robert Parker. They are said to be one of Germany’s top 100 wineries.
The estate is located in the northern part of the appellation Rheinhessen, in the village of Appenheim. It was founded in the 1960s and today brothers Matthias and Christian Runkel lead the winery in the third generation, together with their parents.
The Bischel vineyards include some top sites such as the Appenheimer Hundertgulden, Binger Scharlachberg and Gau-Algesheimer Johannisberg, Goldberg and St. Laurenzkapelle. Every vineyard has distinct soil types and terroir which is recognizable in the wine.
Over the past few years the Runkel brothers took steps to radically improve the quality, with remarkable results. Besides sustainable vineyard management they reduced yields and only use hand selected, perfectly ripened grapes that are spontaneously fermented with the natural yeast from the vineyards. The wines are aged in steel tanks and oak barrels and the best Pinots are matured in French Barrique and Tourneau barrels.
Bischel’s philosophy is to focus on the vineyard and reflects the VDP’s in many ways. The smaller the source of the grapes, the better the quality – or “less is more” would be the translation of their believes and values.
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