Rinke - German wine makers from the Mosel
In 2006, Alexander and Marion Rinke were able to find a small three hectare vineyard with steep slopes of up to seventy-five percent gradient in the Upper Moselle near the German-Luxemburg border. This unique piece of land is rich in limestone marl similar to the great vineyards of Burgundy. Wanting to mimic the great white wines of Burgundy, they planted 25 clones of Chardonnay on the vineyard but with a slight twist, adding a small percentage of other grapes such as the lesser-known white grapes of Burgundy (Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc) as well as floral grapes (Traminer, Muscat and Viognier).
The result is a field blend with floral and exotic aromas and minerality that reflects the soil where the grapes are grown. Their dream is to revive the ‘field blend’ method which was common in 19th century Germany but has almost completely disappeared in Germany. They have also recently planted Pinot Noir. Total production today is only 6000 bottles.