Weingut Von Winning Pinot Noir Royale, 2017, Pfalz, Germany
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We call this wine sweet revenge. Ask us and we̍ll tell you why.
A wine with a story like no other. In 2011, the day before the harvest, audacious thieves armed with a harvesting machine raided Von Winning’s Pinot Noir vineyards in the dead of night. They made away with the some 2.5 tonnes of grapes worth €100,000. This incredible wine is the comeback. Sweet revenge, retribution, justice, whatever you want to call it, for us, this is what triumph in adversity tastes like.
Humble heroes. From their intriguing (and award-winning) Rieslings to their groundbreaking Pinot Noirs, we love every wine and winemaker from this family-run estate. Founded in 1849 by Dr. Deinhard, developed by his son-in-law Leopold von Winning in 1907, the estate was revived in 2007 by Achim Niederberger, together with the Bassermann-Jordan and von Buhl properties. Tragically Herr Niederberger died in 2013, and his wife Jana now steers the ship. No herbicides, no synthetic fertilisers, no copper, no filtering and no fining. Every bottle is a winner.