Located in the far southwest of Germany, just an hour’s drive across the Rhine river from Strasbourg (Alsace), Weingut Nägelsförst has a long and storied history. As early as 1268, the Cistercian nuns of the Lichtenthal Abbey recognized the potential for producing high-quality wines in the hills around Nägelsförst. They planted Pinot Noir vines brought from the monastery of Cîteaux at Beaune (Burgundy).
After the border changes in Europe by Napoleon I in 1804, the winery became the property of the Margrave of Baden, a local noble. In 1864, the property was sold to Rudolf von Koch, who founded Deutsche Bank in Berlin in 1870. In 1993, Reinhard J. Strickler acquired Weingut Nägelsförst and brought it to its current size of 36 hectares. Today Nägelsförst belongs to a consortium from southern Germany, who recognized the potential of the winery and the area. In fact, Martin Franzen, of Müller-Catoir, cut his teeth at Nägelsförst before taking over from Hans-Günther Schwarz in 2001. Today, winemaking is in the hands of the estimable Steffen Röll, who was most recently winemaker at Schloss Schönborn. He has a wealth of experience, having studied viticulture at Geisenheim and having worked in Trentino/Alto Adige.
The soils in the Ortenau area of Baden, where most of Nägelsförst’s vineyards are, consist of weathered granite and sandstone, as well as volcanic rock. Steffen utilizes a combination of stainless steel and old oak casks for vinification. All fermentations are spontaneous.
Nagelsforst Weissburgunder Estate Dry 2016
“Exuberant notes of blossom, guava and red berry waft from nose to finish in this forward Pinot Blanc. While dry and medium bodied on the palate, it's creamy and textural with a lingering, pleasantly astringent finish. Drink now through 2021.” 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast 8/1/18