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  • May 15, 2014
  • The Cellar Door at Falkenstein

  • by Lars Carlberg

cellar_door_falkensteinThe cellar door at Hofgut Falkenstein is just wide enough to roll the standard 1,000-liter Fuder cask on its side. Built in 1901, the winery and cellar of the Falkensteinerhof, located in Niedermennig, once belonged to Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier. The Weber family has owned it since 1984.

All of Hofgut Falkenstein's wines still ferment and age in the old manner in wooden casks. Most of these are Fuder, as well as a couple of 500-liter Halbfuder. The cellar is deep and cool, which also helps contribute to the character of the wines.

Since May 1, I've been helping Johannes Weber to label and pack the wines for shipment to the States. As with the Webers' old-school winemaking, they themselves bottle their wines and label their bottles by hand. Most producers choose to work with a contract bottler and prefer to label by machine instead. (The Webers now have a small machine to label the bottles.) ♦