PFALZ, important region in south-west Germany which takes its name from Rome’s Palatine hill.

PFALZ TERROIR The hills local to the Pfalz consist of the Haardt range which reached a maximum height of 670 metres (2,200 feet). Its slopes are covered by forests of mainly pine, beech and oak. Below the forests and along the lower slopes of the Haardt mountain range are the vineyards. Where the vineyards end on the valley floor arable crops are grown on a 10-mile (15km) strip of land right running down to the banks of the Rhine river (the region was in fact called Rheinpfalz until 1992). The Pfalz is among Germany’s warmest, sunniest wine regions and the region produces lemons, apples, figs, almonds and sweet chestnuts as well as wine. Visit the region in spring when the trees are in blossom and windowsills burst with blooming flowerboxes and it is easy to understand why the Pfalz is called the “German Tuscany”. The centre of the region comprises the Mittelhaardt villages of Wachenheim, Deidesheim, Forst and Ruppertsberg.

PFALZ, WINERIES

CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC Das Hirschhorner Weinkontor Frank John. / Weingut Alter Zollberg. / Weingut Bender. / Weingut Dr Bürklin-Wolf.Ω / Weingut Eymann. / Weingut Janson Bernhard. / Weingut Jürgen Leiner. / Weingut Odinstal. / Weingut Pflüger. / 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES

CERTIFIED ORGANIC / Weingut Christmann. / Weingut Dr Wehrheim. / Weingut Rebholz.