The Weingut A. Christmann in Gimmeldingen in the Palatinate was founded in 1798 and has been family-owned ever since. The active family is currently mainly Steffen Christmann, who is also President of the Association of German Prädikat Wineries (VDP), and his daughter Sophie, who, after studying viticulture in Geisenheim, did internships at Schäfer-Fröhlich an der Nahe and Bernhard Huber in Baden, among others and probably brought the passion for and knowledge about Pinot Noir with him from the latter.
In 1996, Steffen Christmann took over the estate from his father and conjured up some of the best dry Rieslings in Germany, which are still wonderful to drink today. Thanks to Sophie Christmann, the estate is now one of the top companies in the Palatinate and thus in Germany for Pinot Noir.
The Christmann wines of recent history have a fascinating clarity and precision. They combine finesse and depth while remaining fairly dry since the 2010s. The lush, dry Rieslings with residual sugar at the upper dry limit of the 2000s are a thing of the past.
For many years, the Christmann family has been cultivating their wine according to organic or even biodynamic standards. In addition to protecting nature, this also serves the purpose of producing wines from healthy grapes that are as typical of their origin as possible. The harvest in all vineyards takes place in several passes, so that only perfectly ripe berries are used for the wines. According to the Christmanns, one fascinating aspect of biodynamic cultivation is the fact that the vines only carry as many grapes as they can support.
At A. Christmann you get wines of the absolute German top class, with Riesling as well as with the Burgundy varieties. Everything is just right here.
Since 2022 there has only been one wine per grape variety in addition to the wines from individual sites, which is labeled "From the sites". These replace the previous local and estate wines.
The VDP.ERSTE LAGE wines from Christmann come from the Gimmeldinger vineyards of Biengarten, Kapellenberg and Schlosel, the Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad (formerly a Grosses Gewächs) and the Königsbacher Ölberg. The GROSSES GEWÄCHS wines come from the vineyards Meerspinne, Ölberg-Hart, Vogelsang and the legendary Idig.