The bountiful estate has been in the Kühn family for over two centuries, with Peter Jakob and wife Angela taking it over in the 70s. With his son Peter Bernhard, the boys tend to the vines and winemaking. Mother Angela and daughters Kathrin and Sandra look after everything else - from welcoming you, hospitality, business to artwork. This is a family set up and one other reason I love the wine industry. Inspirational stuff.
The Kühn wine estate has been certified organic since 2004 by Demeter, the most prominent authority and certifying body for organic agriculture. Today, the Kühns have gone completely and very successfully biodynamic – a conversion that can never truly guarantee sustainable vineyard management and is a painstaking journey for most. Their success should be experienced right there where the hard work is applied and the magic is the outcome. In the cool climate of Rheingau, where the Taunus mountain range shields the vines from the bite of frost, where the river Rhine directs and reflects warmth, where the downwinds keep off the mildew, where the sun lingers the longest on that slope, and where the ancient seabed it once was provides the suited soil composition. If you're beginning to get the sense of harmony, you're nearly there. Everything is considered and measured around nature. Working with what's given and not enforcing generic methods relying on chemicals, the fluidity of his winemaking completely reflects the character of the sites on which the vines thrive. Time to use that term "terroir". The gentle rhythmic attention to the plants and the ecological sensitivity allow the fruit to express this terroir to the fullest. The differences between each vineyard are so fantastically distinguished and intriguing but above all, utterly delicious, that you can't help but giggle. So until you venture over, evocation of the above you'll find right here in a sip.