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“Making good wine is one of those things that are not reachable in a single life. I still want to try.“

At the age of 16 Hannes made his first wine. Already then he wanted to get to the bottom of things, to do everything correctly from being a “soil whisperer” in the vineyard to the winemaking process and finally at the mechanism of bottling. Today he knows that complex things are solved not in the sprint but in the long haul, that perfection is not everything and certainly not enough and predictability is not always a blessing.

Since the 18th century the Kranachberg is part of the family property. Until the 70s it was mixed agriculture that was emphasised. Even though the soil was outstanding already back then, wine was no more than a minor matter so to say. Today the Kranachberg is considered the starting point of everything.

Not only for Hannes’ understanding how to make wine but also his unconditional drive towards the ground, the soil and everything that comes out of it.

The Kranachberg is located in a basin with a south-western orientation at 500 meters above sea level. The soil consists of porous calcareous and sandy gravel. This reflects in the wine in a fresh, salty minerality and elegant structure.

Since 2010 Hannes cultivates the single-vineyard Loren. It is situated at 550 meters above sea level and is exclusively south facing. The ground structure is very characteristic for that particular region and consists of heavy “Opok” soil (a mixture of limestone and clay) giving the wine depth and complexity, power and finesse.

The dolomite soils covered with a layer of brown earth ensures wines with precision and purity. The presence of the southern festoon, a very special kind of butterfly, showcases that the bio diversity is still in oder on that stretch of land. This precious insect is therefor not only eponymous for a special wine, it is also the symbol for the promise to care for this land and its delicate bio diversity.