It's time to celebrate! As soon as we enter the Häckerwirtschaft of the winery Waigand from Erlenbach, the young winemaker Verena Waigand reaches out to greet us in greeting, while one of her little sons looks at us curiously from her shoulder. He learns - together with his twin brother - from an early age, what it means to live and work on a winery on the Main. The second of the twins is a bit shy and hides behind mother's trouser leg. Only after a cautious appraisal he considers us harmless and approaches us as curiously as his brother. Verena Waigand is one of the best young winegrowers in Germany, according to Handelsblatt. Gault Millau has also become aware of Waigand's wines and recommends them in his Wine Guide by 2012. We are looking forward to what awaits us!
Wine from the Main in the winery Waigand
From the outside, the Waigand family home does not show that it is a winery. It looks like a normal residential building in the city of Erlenbach am Main. Only when we enter the inner courtyard does the gate with its vines and vine leaves made of metal indicate that "something with wine" is happening behind the walls of the house. Right next to the entrance is an old wine press that prepares us for it. The Waigand family's winery is apparently not unknown, because when we enter their hacking business, it is almost completely occupied. Loud murmurs from wine lovers greet us, who enjoy the Waigands wines in the small restaurant. As we talk to Verena Waigand, new guests keep coming in.
The young winemaker impresses me. She knows exactly how she likes her wines and is not afraid to go her own way. These differ from those of her father. But Verena Waigand says: “Everyone has their own taste when it comes to wine. My father does not have to like what tastes good to me. ”Apparently, her taste exactly matches the trend of the time, because among the wines she serves us for tasting are numerous award-winning wines.
White and Pinot Noir
Typical of the region Churfranken, to which the wine from the Main Erlenbach counts, are the white and Pinot Noir. In the area of Churfranken they find the perfect terroir for their cultivation: the red red sandstone soil on the southern slopes of the Main warms up in the daytime during the summer months and returns the heat to the vines during the cooler hours of the night. This creates perfect growing conditions for the Burgundy varieties. In addition, the typical Franconian grape varieties Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau or Portugieser grow on the terraced steep slopes of the winery Waigand. At the Waigand Winery, it is important to give the wines sufficient time to mature. Depending on the grape variety, they are stored in the steel cellar of the winery, in large oak barrels or barriques.
Wine from the Main in the Häckerwirtschaft
We are lucky that the Waigand family has just opened their hake farming during our stay. Häckerwirtschaften are wineries that open their houses on time for wine lovers to serve their wines. They introduce their guests to their own wines. In good weather, the Waigand family can sit outside in the courtyard at one of the tables set up or, as we do, try the wines in the guest room in the family home. A hake farming has only two to three weeks open in the year and does not require a dispensing permit. She is tax-free.
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Häckerplatte, Winzerplatz and Mettbrot
For the wine tasting, we are served simple cold and warm dishes that provide a basis for the wine. We choose a few from the menu at the Häckerwirtschaft Waigand Franconian specialties which we simply place in the middle of the table and try in turn: the Churfranken plate (a typical Häcker platter), an oven-fresh Winzerblatz (a kind of tarte flambée) and a Mettbrot with onions. We will also taste the various wines from the Waigand house: an Erlenbacher Hochberg 2012 Pinot Blanc, an Erlenbacher Hochberg 2012 Silvaner Spätlese and a barrique-matured Erlenbacher Hochberg 2011 Spätburgunder Spätlese.
Verena Waigand joins us and explains her wines. She tells us about her life as a winemaker and about the fact that she can not imagine living anywhere else. We finally taste their wine from the Main and are convinced of the quality of Waigand wines after tasting the various types of wine. Here are excellent wines produced.
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You can also see which huckster farms have opened during your stay in the region when they are passing through brooms, twigs or wreaths.
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Source: own research on site. We also thank you for the invitation to this trip at Mainland Miltenberg - Churfranken eV. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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