Founded in 1849, Reichsrat von Buhl is one of the prestigious estates of the Pfalz. Together with Bürklin-Wolf and Bassermann-Jordan, it is often referred to as one of the 'big Bs', all found in any famous and not-so-famous wine guide. The estate is today owned by the entrepreneur Achim Niederberger and it is run by an operating company, which in its turn is owned by a Japanese investor and by Stefan Weber, director of the estate, and Christoph Graf, sales manager.
Von Buhl has about 65 ha under vines, of which many are growing on top sites in Forst and Deidesheim. Famous vineyard names like Kirchenstück, Ungeheuer and Pechstein were already in the 19th century known by wine connoiseurs - not only in Germany. I will explain more about the sites (called Lagen in German) with future postings...
Today, it is about the harvest fest of last Saturday: We met at the estate at 10.00 a.m., where we were greeted by Christoph Graf and team. Together we walked up to the vineyard (Lage) Kieselberg. Here we were harvesting the grapes of 8 rows of vines.
Werner Sebastian, responsible for the estate's vineyards and viticultural management, was explaining all we wanted to know. His passion and love for his work is infectious and it was fun to meet a person so happy for and with his job! He has been in the business for 40 years and works since 2004 with von Buhl. And it was under his guidance that the biodynamical standards of today were implemented and successfully certificated.