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11 September 2019

There is change afoot at Weingut Benedikt Baltes. Just a week ago we received a note from Benedikt explaining that for family reasons he is moving back to the Ahr having sold his stake in the winery to a friend of his business partner. The Ahr is where Benedikt grew up, where his wife comes from, and incidentally, where her family winery is – so it seems plausible there may be some ‘Benedikt-burgunder’ from similarly steep vineyards in the not too distant future. Watch this space… In the meantime, the output from the Klingenberg winery will change names from Benedikt Baltes to Steintal. Benedikt will continue to consult for the next few years to ensure a smooth transition. The tending of the vineyards will be carried out under the same ethos of sustainability, farmed organically and biodynamically, and even Benedikt’s beloved Breton Dwarf Sheep will remain. It is the same story in the winery; a focus on German clones vinified in neutral German oak barrels, gentle extractions, light touch winemaking and a judicious use of whole bunch fermentation should see plenty more transparent, crackling Spatburgunders of energy and purity emerge from the old Klingenberg winery.    Read More

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