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Hirth Helmuth

The estate is located in the municipality Obersulm-Willsbach (area Württembergisch-Unterland) in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, The family has been running winegrowing for several generations. Walter Hirth began in the early 1970s to expand his own wines. After the takeover by Helmuth Hirth in 2000, an operational analysis was carried out with the aim of achieving a significant increase in quality. Vineyard lands, soils, microclimate, educational system and production practices in vineyard and cellar have been scrutinized and improved under the aspect of restrictive quality grape production. In the year 2010 the foundation of the winery Hirth GmbH took place. For the purpose of further increasing the quality, a viticulture technician was hired as field manager and a cellar master.

The vineyards today comprise ten hectares of vineyards, which are mostly around the winery and Willsbacher Föhrenberg. They are planted with the red varieties Pinot Noir, Trollinger, Dornfelder and Lemberger, and the white varieties Auxerrois, Riesling and Pinot Blanc. It will Organic viticulture after ECOVIN guidelines practiced. The quality criteria are a rigorous yield limit of eight grapes per vine, generous leaf assimilation area, hand picking, waiving of pumps and mechanical stress in the must stage, mash fermentation, gentle pressing, malolactic fermentation and a long maturation in oak barrels.

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