BACKGROUND / Helmut Christ said he went organic because he could see conventional farming methods led to extreme erosion in the vineyard, showing how nature “was no longer able to withstand simple environmental influences, and to insecticide residues ending up in his body. “Neither man nor Nature benefitted from this type of farming. In search of alternatives, I came across biodynamic farming. The sustainability of land management via natural fertility [compost], the health of the crops, the vitality of the animals, the taste of the products themselves and the conviction of the farmers convinced me to implement Biodynamics not only in the vineyard, but in the winery too. In my opinion Biodynamics contributes to high-quality wine which can age.”
BIODYNAMIC CERTIFICATION / 1974 Helmut Christ went organic and later joined Ecovin (BÖW) when it was founded in 1985. / 2006 Demeter certified Biodynamic for 9.5 hectares (23,7 acres) for the first time. / 2017 Still Demeter certified Biodynamic.
In Franken (Maindreieck, North).
DETTELBACHER BERG RONDELL / Domina, Dornfelder, Kerner, Müller Thurgau.
NORDHEIMER KREUZBERG / Kerner, Müller Thurgau.
NORDHEIMER VÖGELEIN / Blaufränkisch, Rieslaner.
STAMMHEIMER ESELSBERG / Bacchus, Silvaner.
VOLKACHER RATSHERR / Riesling, Silvaner.
WIPFELDER ZEHNTGRAF / Johanniter, Kerner, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Noir
POLYCULTURE / Apples for apple juice.
Weingut Helmut Christ, Volkacher Strasse 6, D-97334 Nordheim, Germany / +49 (0)9381 2806 / www.weingut-helmut-christ.de