This estate was established in 1849 by Franz Peter Buhl. At the start of the 20th century, Von Buhl wines commanded higher prices than top Bordeaux or Burgundy! Yet, as with the vast majority of German wine producers, this Estate slumped in the 70s and 80s, underperforming despite having some of the best vineyard sites in the region. Over the last fifteen years, Von Buhl has managed to return its wine quality to the highest levels. The Estate’s impressive portfolio of vineyards is principally located in the villages of Forst and Deidesheim. The vineyard specific wines are very impressive while the entry level Qba is ridiculous value.
This is one of their flagship vineyards and it is not hard to understand why. Boney, chalky and minerally at the moment, there are hints of tropical fruit, grapes and a white pepper note. Long and tightly wound, this will unravel over the next 7-15 years and be a beautiful example of Riesling.
Riesling – One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
Pfalz – Situated on the Rhine River, Pfalz is often not mentioned in the same breath as Rheingau, Alsace or Wachau for great Riesling. Yet the dry Riesling from this region lacks nothing when it comes to powerful, structural and complex dry Riesling. This is where to go for great value Riesling that will age for the long term.