This time we’ll go to one private winery in Germany, have an excursion there and know some interesting and even unexpected things: for example what is done with excess wine.
In fact climate of Germany in general does not so good for vine, that is why only in some south-east regions of the country people make wine. Main wineries of Germany are located along the shores of the Rhine and its tributaries. The central street of a little town Roy Baht is not gaudy in banners advertising various local wineries.
Entering Lind winery
Wonderful bottle stands.
Wooden tuns are mostly used for red wine. Oak smell contributes to a good taste. These tuns are more than 100 years old and they do not change the taste of wine anymore. New tuns are used only for two years and only for some sorts of wine. After long period of use old tuns are usually sent to Scotland where people use them for whiskey storage.
Each wooden tun contains 125 litres of red wine. All the tuns are made of oak and only two are from chestnut, they are used for white wine. Such tuns should be constantly filled or the wood will lose its valuable properties. The elements contained in the wood enrich the bouquet of the wine, in a tun wine gets old and absorbs oxygen. Size of a tun is also important: the bigger a tun is, the less impact of the wood on wine, the slower wine oxidizes. In a big tun wine is getting old for a long long time.
Tanks made of stainless steel are getting more and more popular now, cause wooden tuns are rather expensive and complicated in storage and production. However the effect of ageing in a wooden tun cannot be compared to anything! Stainless steel tanks are mostly used for white wine.
German wine makers buy new oak tuns and send them to Irland and Britain free of charge for whiskey storage. 10 years later, when the tuns don’t give smell anymore, they are taken back.
Germans prefer white wine. An ordinary German drinks about 26 litres of wine a year.
According to the German legislation the amount of wine production is restricted to some limits, and a wine maker has to destroy excess wine.
Lind delivers its wine to different countriesL Finland, Japan, China etc. These boxes are the order from the Finnish government for Christmas holidays.
Some people order wine postal delivery.
Mr. Lind himself – a wine-maker in the 15th generation. Those who have some fame in wine-making have good profit, newcomers have no many chances to achieve something in this business.
Mr. Lind controls the quality of his wine himself. Every day he tastes 16 sorts of wine! He owns 20 hectares of various vines but sometimes it’s not enough and he has to buy more from his neighbours. In the wine of Lind there is only 60-70% of Lind vine.
These eight boxes contain 250 bottles of wine, the oldest bottle is more than 100 years. One such box costs 60 000 euros. The younger wine is on top, the older is below.
Before Christmas the warehouse gets empty…
1-2 bottles of wine a week are good for health.
Medals for victories in different festivals.
That’s how modest the wineries look from outside.
Don’t leave without some boxes of wine!