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History

Good wine and good food are our passions; hiking together through the vineyards, tasting the grapes and touching the leaves on the vines is what gives us joy. Cooking together and enjoying authentic wines motivates us constantly to keep working on our wines. Family has been the hub of the winery for many decades and family is still the centre of the estate today.

We are the seventh generation in a long line of vintners. We have made it our quest to get back to our roots: rediscovering the unique position our vineyards hold in the Mittelhaardt region and unlocking their full potential. The conversion of the estate to bio-dynamic production methods and the excitement our wines generate in markets throughout the world are the pillars of our work.

 

It is the 19th century. The cousins Johann Martin and Prof. Dr. Louis Häusser regularly met at Weingut Buhl in Deidesheim to discuss the democratic ideas of the times. But not only… Probably inspired by the surroundings as well as the local wine, they soon decided to purchase a vineyard of their own, thereby laying the cornerstone of today’s estate. Henriette Häusser, a granddaughter of the founder, married Eduard Christmann.

The estate is named after their son, Arnold Christmann. To put it another way: passion and creativity have been part of our history from the outset – and ever since. To this today, the estate has been in the hands of the Christmann family, now in the 7th generation, and the name still stands for top growths that are second to none.

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Vineyards

We have the great pleasure of working in one of the few landscapes in the world that can produce excellent dry Riesling and Burgunder (Pinot) wines. Rather than breathlessly following every trend and new style of wine, we can concentrate on our goal: capturing the taste experience that can only be found in the Pfalz, the Mittelhaardt region, in our vineyards in Gimmeldingen and Königsbach. We strive to make a classic treasure even better.

 

For generations, the vintners in our family have inherited the estate from their parents, knowing that they are temporary care-takers, managing the land carefully for it to be passed on to the next generation. Our aim is to abide by this tradition: making what is good, better.

We know that there is nothing that can be added in the cellar that can enhance the quality of our grapes. It is instead the biodynamic cultivation methods that form the basis for the production of truly individual vineyards and wines. This is the path we have chosen in order to achieve full harmony between the vines and their surroundings, leading to wines made with grapes that are full of flavor.

The foundation for this is organic production, enhanced by the rules and rites of biodynamics (certified through the Lacon Institute- DE-Öko 003). For many years now, we have used no herbicides, insecticides or synthetic chemical substances.

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Winemaking

Today we cultivate 22 hectares of vineyards in Gimmeldingen, Königsbach, Ruppertsberg and Deidesheim. Although the vineyards all lie within 5km of each other, stretched out along the edge of the Haardt mountainsside, they have their own micro-climates and specific soils.

As is the tradition in the Palatine region, Riesling is the dominant variety, comprising nearly ¾ of the vines. The rest of our portfolio is divided between Spätburgunder (pinot noir, 13% of the vines), and Weissburgunder (pinot blanc, 8% of our vines).

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 Andrew Graham, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  4 wines  from  A. Christman . In a tasting of  16 wines 

You need to be drinking more German wines.For so long now, Germany has been known for Riesling. Riesling (50% of world production) and Henkell Trocken. But here’s one country – along with the UK – where climate change has had some benefits. Suddenly, weedy Spatburgunder has moved up a notch of ripeness. Even Riesling has become more approachable, with less residual sugar needed to balance out razor-sharp acidity. It all adds up to promise, to a possible German boom time.


Of course, unchecked climate change will eventually swallow up most of the wine industry as we know it, but there has to be a silver lining, if just in the short term. And if you need any proof of the heights that German wine can achieve, let it be the wines below, all tasted at a VDP masterclass held in Sydney with Caro Maurer MW.


As ever, I struggled to put in the correct umlauts and write tasting notes at the same time, hence you won’t see enough of the former, and the latter are shorter than I want. Extra bits in italics.

1y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  2 wines  from  A. Christman . In a tasting of  38 wines 

2013 Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne / Ruby. Peppery, spices, dark fruits, anise, liquorice, minerals, iron, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, all packed together in layers with depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, dark berries, intense, juicy, structured, firm and tight, detailed, layered, long. 96p

2y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  4 wines  from  A. Christman . In a tasting of  135 wines 

As every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August, the VDP showed a huge array of over 500 wines from the german Grand Cru vineyards, designated as Grosses Gewächs, in a preview tasting for professionals and the press. The tasting was hold on August 29 and 30, 2016.


As the sheer quantity of wines available was too much for a short tasting session, I focussed on the grape variety Riesling and on the rather classic areas such as Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Mittelrhein. From these wine regions I have tasted all Rieslings available. In addition I also tasted a small selection of Riesling from Rheinhessen. The tasting showed a very high and rather homogenous quality level due to good conditions in 2015 but also applied experience and knowledge of the vintners. A very successful tasting with highly recommendable wines.

4y 5m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  A. Christman . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Expressive nose of white flowers, fresh almond, dried orange peel, peach stone, freshly cut green grass and a dense minerality. A complexity so profound that it is almost impossible to grasp the potential of this wine. So harmonious for such a young wine. This a one of the most sensual and tempting young Rieslings I ever tasted. So complete, hugely structured and elegant at the same time! What an emotional experience!”

8y 3m ago

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