Dominik Sona of Koehler-Ruprecht

Dominik Sona, winemaker at legendary Pfalz winery Koehler-Ruprecht talks to Heine Johansen about the Pfalz region, about new trends, about their history in being one of the eldest wineries in Pfalz and about why they went out of the VDP to stick to the prädikatsystem.

Dominik Sona took over as winemaker for Koehler-Ruprecht inn 2008. Before starting at Koehler-Ruprecht, he's worked at Neiss, Kuhn, Van Volxem, Flowers, Littorai and as estate manager for J.L. Wolf. He says one of the most important parts of his job is upholding tradition.

They use very old wooden vats, some of them well over a hundred years old. This is one of the things that sets them aside from most other riesling producers.

The estate consists of 10.5 hectares of vines, principally in Riesling (50%) but also in Pinot Noir (20%), Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Scheurebe on three separate terroirs: Saumagen, Steinacker and Annaberg.

Recorded at Don Pippo, Bergen, Norway
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