Since its foundation, Fritz Waßmer Weingut situated in the Markgräflerland, Germany, has earned a good reputation in professional wine circles and has been honoured with various national and international awards. These include annual gold, silver & bronze medals from the Decanter World Wine Awards & 4/5 grapes from the renowned wine guide Gault & Millau.
The family’s agricultural business had always been characterized by viticulture, but in 1998 Fritz Waßmer, at the age of 45, decided to become a successful winegrower himself. Right at the beginning, he set himself the goal of creating powerful, concentrated wines based on the Burgundian model, a style which was not typically used in the Baden region of Germany. When his first wines came on the market in 1999, these were exceptional, full of concentration and strength. The unmistakable Burgundian touch comes from the viticultural experiences that Fritz Waßmer himself was able to garner from, among others, his time spent in the cellars of the “Domaine de la Romanée Conti”.
The grapes, 61% Pinot Noir, 13% Pinot Gris, 12% Pinot Blanc, 3% Chardonnay and Syrah and 8% other varieties are cultivated on 38 hectares of land. All Pinot varieties came from high quality clones imported from Burgundy and planted. The planting density reaches up to 13,000 vines per hectare. The soil conditions are composed of loess with limestone, red clay, shell limestone and marl.
Wines in the winery are divided into estate, premium and single vineyards.
The estate’s white and rosé wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The typical and pure aroma of each single grape variety is the focus the winemaker seeks to highlight. They are light and elegant wines!
The premium white wines are fermented in barriques and later stored in barriques for up to 12 months. The results are wines with complexity and length.
The vinification of the red wines is based on the Burgundian style. The whole grapes are fermented spontaneously in open mash wooden fermenters. Then the ageing begins in selected French oak barriques.
Although his main passion is for Pinot Noir, Fritz Waßmer devotes himself to the cultivation and development of Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Auxerrois and Frühburgunder with the same dedication. As proof of his constantly creative work, parcels with Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, which is very rare in Germany, have been added in recent years.
Through his experience as a farmer, Fritz Waßmer knows that the quality of the wines depends absolutely on the terroir. The following is important to him: “Unconditionally everything is harvested by hand and only the best grapes come into the cellar. The ripeness of the grapes is essential, just as the grapes taste in the vineyard, so does the wine. What is not in the fruit cannot be added later.