Franken, or more specifically in our case Churfranken is a tiny winegrowing to the south east of Frankfurt. Sitting alongside the Main river, officially Mainz politically, it has a history of red wine production that dates back to the 13th century. Today, it is regarded as home to some of Germany’s finest red wines. Producers like Rudolf Furst and Steintal (formerly Benedikt Baltes) craft transparent, energy filled Pinot Noir here from steep, often terraced vineyards that at times seem to defy gravity. They rank amongst some of Germany’s most exciting wines, Pinot that acts like Riesling, showing off the predominantly red sandstone vineyards to great effect.