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Weingut Hans Wirsching
Appellation = Franken
Dr. Heinrich Wirsching
43,000 cases
Since 1630
Nearly 80 Hectares
Iphöfer Julius Echter Berg
Iphöfer Kronsberg
Julius Echter Berg - Grey-brown gypsum marl with layers of sedimented red sandstone

Iphöfer Kronsberg - Grey-brown gypsum marl, clay and loam, jammed full with calcium
40% Silvaner
20% Riesling
18% Traminer
8% Pinot Blanc
7% Pinot Noir
7% Scheurebe
Wirsching Estate Silvaner
Wirsching Iphöfer Julius Echter Berg
Wirsching Iphöfer Kronsberg
99% Dry
Practicing Eco Friendly
VDP Member

WirschingAppellation: Franken

Wirsching is one of the largest privately owned estates in Germany.  In 1630 Hans Wirsching donated a vineyard to the Abbey at Ebrach, this sale is one of the first instances documenting the Wirsching family’s involvement in wine. Throughout the centuries the Wirsching’s have continued their love for, and involvement in, the business of agriculture and wine growing.

In the late 19th century, the phylloxera plague devastated the European wine industry.  Andreas Wirsching died at an early age, and his widow focused on a shop which fed children in the village.  Andreas’ passing could have easily spelled the end of wine production for the Wirsching family.   However, in 1918, Andreas’ son Hans Wirsching returned from World War I.  Hans was only 23 at the time, but he made the decision to put all of his energy into rebuilding the vineyards.  He not only restarted the winery, but also began the painstaking process of replanting the vineyards with American rootstocks.  Hans obtained Scheurebe cuttings from the Annaberg in the early 1950s (like Karl Fuhrmann at Pfeffingen / Pfalz) and transplanted them in the Kronsberg vineyard. We can credit both the Wirsching and Pfeffingen estates, and their pioneering efforts, for making a place for the Scheurebe grape in German viticulture.

The estate has holdings are nearly 80 hectares. They are planted 40% to Silvaner; 20% to Riesling; 8% to Pinot Blanc; 7% to Scheurebe; 7% to Pinot Noir; the remaining 18% to Traminer (planted exclusively in the Kalb vineyard).

The following Iphöfer vineyards produce the “image wines” and Grand Crus at Wirsching:

Julius Echter Berg: steeply sloping; grey-brown gypsum marl with layers of sedimented red sandstone. The Julius Echter Berg brings rich opulent Silvaners with yellow plum, pineapple like fruit along with layer after layer of spice and minerals.

Kronsberg: steeply sloping; grey-brown gypsum marl, clay and loam jammed full with calcium; not as protected as the Julius Echter Berg; almost better suited for Riesling.

Wirsching is a member of the VDP and the German Barrique Forum. Annual production is 43,000 cases.

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