About Frank John
Great wines of old school –this is the guide to our winery…
Our vineyards are situated along the edge of the socalled Haardtrand, in Pfalz (Palatinate), 100 km North of Strassbourg. Here, where figs, chestnuts and almonds grow, you find ideal conditions for grape varieties that need a long vegetation period such as Riesling and Pinot Noir.
We make one dry Riesling, named by the soil `Buntsandstein´, and one Pinot Noir which grows on chalky soil named `Kalkstein´. In addition we produce 4 different sparlings `Method classic´ from 100% Riesling´, minimum 32 months on the lees, one of it as `Brut Nature´ (no dosage, no added sulfit).
Inspired by the work with traditional ageing methods and processing techniques we manage to produce elegant wines full of finesse. Our wines unite good balance with the interplay of mineral nuances, intensity and fullness. We think that such a quality can be achieved only by using the best hand – picked grapes of biodynamic cultivation. Very often, the harvesting process needs to be repeated several times. Due to minimalistic work in the cellar and long aging processes in wooden barrels, we produce wholesome and balanced wines of great aging potential.
Our wines are DEMETER certified.
- Certified Organic by Lacon GmbH (2004, DE-ÖKO-003)
- Certified Biodynamic by Demeter
This grower-maker grows all their own grapes.
- Size of their farm: 3ha (ha)
- Size of farm under vine: 3ha (ha)
- All grapes are dry-farmed. None of this grower’s vineyards are irrigated.
- All grapes are harvested manually.
- Average production of wine: 25000 (btl)