Weingut Prinz Salm - Rhineland-Palatinate - Germany
Weingut Prinz Salm Estate
Germany’s oldest family-owned wine estate (32 generations) dates back to the year 1200. The grounds of the estate are particularly blessed in that they are steep, south-facing slopes with an excellent microclimate and are well structured. The estate numbers among the best known and esteemed wine estates of Germany. Wine & Spirits Magazine has listed the estate as one of the world’s leading 100 estates.
The estate is a member of VDP, Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter e. V. according to the guidelines of Naturland(an association for organic agriculture). The size of the estate is 18 hectares (approx. 45 acres). The estate produces Riesling (75%) and also Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Scheurebe.
History of Weingut Prinz Salm
At Schloss Wallhausen (built in 1565), also the family seat, 800 years and 32 generations of uninterrupted viticulture and family tradition are documented. This is a long period of time to acquire knowledge and experience, gain insight, and reflect on fundamental values and to pass them on to future generations.
There are four generations of the family living at Schloss Wallhausen and they have inherited tall boots to fill. The mother, Princess Philippa, originally a countess from the House of Castell-Castell, grew up in a Franconian wine dynasty. Prince Michael was able to expand the estate to its present size and to move it into a prominent position in Germany. For 17 years he was the national president of the VDP - Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates) and remains an eminent personality in the wine scene to this day. The great-grandfather was a founding member of the Nahe regional branch of the VDP.
As interim links within the long line, they both face the challenge of further developing this great legacy – and passing it on. The children should be able to eat grapes from the vines. This very personal conviction led Prince Michael, father of Prince Felix, to opt for organic viticulture back in 1988 and thus his was one of the first leading German estates to do so. They are certified annually by Naturland, an association for organic agriculture.
Prinz zu Salm-Salm studied winemaking in Geisenheim and worked in different wine estates. He joined the family’s estate in 2007 being the 32nd generation. For him, key to success is that all employees are considerate, communicative and driven by the estate’s philosophy of exceptional winemaking. To bring Riesling back on everyone’s mind is his goal. So he predominantly grows Riesling. For Prince Felix wine making is very closely interlinked with his Christian believe. He wrote his thesis on how to combine the work at the winery with the Christian ethical ideas.
Felix Prinz zu Salm-Salm