The year’s end is still a few weeks off, but things are gearing down here at the castle and winery. It's a good time for a first look back at the year that was and to look ahead to what’s next.
Regular activities at the castle (hotel, weddings and other festivities, cultural events) have been just that: Pretty regular. Regular in the sense of us having had about the same number of guests and events as in the previous years. The calendar of cultural events for 2016 has already been published on the German site (http://barockschloss.de/kalender/). That calendar also shows the winery’s events that - obviously - center on wine (wine festival in the castle courtyard, picnic in the garden etc.).
There is one such event still ahead of us this year: On December 6th, which is celebrated as a Holiday for St. Nicholas here in Germany, our winery will be hosting an evening with hot mulled wine around a bonfire in the castle courtyard.
The hotel closes after that until the end of February. Visitors to the winery are welcome for wine tastings throughout the winter, however. Just give us a day or two heads up so we can turn the heat up a little! Not everyone is used to castle life in the winter.
It has been an excellent year for the winery, both in the sense of having had an excellent harvest with grape qualities allowing us to make our top of the line wines this year and in having success with wine critics and gaining new customers and resellers. Just this month we received news that we will be featured in the Eichelmann Wine Guide 2016, one of Germany’s two top wine guides with ratings for the country’s most accomplished wineries. Another milestone: Germany’s wine magazine „Selection“ awarded us their first prize in the „Silvaner“ category (which is our region’s most important grape variety) in their „Germany’s Best Young Wine Maker of the Year“ award (our wine maker Christian, who studied oenology at Geisenheim University, is just under 35 and therefor eligible to enter). Obviously we are proud that our hard work in the vineyards and cellar is being honored by customers and critics alike.
We haven’t attempted to find an importer and reseller for our wines to the United States yet. If you know of someone who might be interested, please let us know. And please come visit us yourself for a stay at the castle with or without a wine tasting!