Schloss Hallburg

The stunning Schloss Hallburg (schloss = “castle”) in Franken dates to 1284. It is bordered on the north-west by the Main river and to the east by a canal. The surrounding towns of Hallburg, Nordheim, and Sommerach form a triangular region around it flanked by water, thus creating an “island” of quality wine-making in the heart of the region. The castle was acquired by the von Schonborn family in 1806, and consequently the title GRAF VON SCHONBORN appears most prominently on the front labels of the wines today. The estate produces about 20,000cs of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Silvaner and Riesling. Noble sweet wines are made almost every year from Silvaner and Riesling. The Hallburger Schlossberg, a 5.7ha monopole, is the principal vineyard, a grand cru site constituted with gypsum marl, limestone, gravelly loess/loam and layers of clay. It is farmed biodynamically under the direction of Georg Hünnerkop, named Estate Manager of the Year in Germany by Gault –Millau in 2009. His style of winemaking features vigorous, refreshing whites without oak or “make-up.” These are pure tasting wines from a great, ancient site in the bone-dry Franconian tradition.