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Krankl Manfred

The winery "Sine qua non" is located in Oak View (Ventura County, Central Coast ) south of Santa Barbara in California, The name means "absolutely indispensable". It was built in 1994 from 1980 to the USA emigrated Austrians Manfred Krankl and his wife Elaine. Until 2001 Krankl ran the bakery "La Brea Bakery" in Los Angeles and was a partner in the gourmet temple "Campanile". The first wine was the 1994 Syrah "Pique Dame" from the vineyard Bien Nacido from grapes bought at that time. In a perfectionist way so-called Garage wines produced in limited quantities.

The vineyards now cover about 25 hectares of vineyards in the AVA areas Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley. They are distributed among the four Estate Vineyards (elevations) Eleven Confessions with the oldest vineyards (22 ha), The Third Twin, Molly Aïda (2 ha) and with partly rootless vines Cumulus. It will be the red wines Syrah, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Pinot Noir (until 2005), Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Graciano, Petite Sirah Durif ) and Touriga Nacional, as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Marsanne. Petit Manseng. Roussanne and Viognier cultivated. The majority are Rhône varieties (see also under Rhone Rangers ).

The management takes place according to certain rules of the Biodynamic viticulture according to a "biodynamic calendar". There will be no pesticides (Insecticides, herbicides). Each year, both the wine designations and those designed by Krankl itself labels changed. The Cumulus wines are marketed under the label "Next of Kyn". Every year around 4,000 crates of wine are produced, which corresponds to a yield of 15 to 20 hl / ha. For orders, you will be put on a waiting list, at least five to ten years to be considered (if at all). The wines are usually marketed after two years, the top quality after six years.

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