Looking beyond the horizon

In the narrow Ahr Valley the horizon may sometimes appear somewhat narrow, but in terms of wine production we have broadened it significantly for ourselves. Our father began a tradition by spending time working as a vintner both in Portugal and in South Africa, and as early as 1996, following his first visit to the Cape, he decided to produce wine there too. We are continuing this tradition with great enthusiasm – not least as a welcome reason to flee the German winter every now and again.


A new beginning on the Cape

With his wine “Zwalu”, the Afrikaans word for “new beginning”, he brought the first German-African wine to the market with the help of enologist Neill Ellis after the end of the Apartheid regime. The wine is a cuvee comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. He had the honor of presenting the first magnum bottle to State President Nelson Mandela in person upon the latter’s visit to Germany. Later came the second wine “Z”, made using Cabernet Sauvignon and some Merlot, as well as the basic line “Us De Kap” – a Chardonnay and a Shiraz, which we have given a new look to mark their tenth anniversary.


The connecting element

Affairs of the heart have also taken Meike to the wine-producing region of Baden, where she and her husband Markus Klumpp, who comes from the wine estate of the same name in Bruchsal, set up the joint project “Hand in Hand”. You can find more information about this here.