Weingut Salwey in Oberrotweil, in the heart of the Kaiserstuhl region, is proud of its history as a classic family-run estate. Yet that tradition only tells part of the story.Konrad is the third generation of Salwey to run the winery, which focuses on Pinot varieties traditional to the Kaiserstuhl region. The estate is renowned for its fine vineyards, including three “First Growth” sites. Under the direction of Konrad’s father, Wolf Dietrich, Weingut Salwey became the first Baden member of the Verband der Deutschen Prädikatsweingüter (VDP). Eberhard met Wolf Dietrich back in 1994 when both were the representatives of the Baden region as part of a delegation of premium German wine producers visiting top estates in Bordeaux. During this week-long trip, Eberhard developed a deep respect for Wolf Dietrich’s character, passion, and vision. During their first meeting, Eberhard was happy to discover that the son inherited a lot of Wolf Dietrich’s qualities, including a very dry Baden sense of humour and “joie de vivre”.
Konrad is renowned for his willingness to experiment. He knows it takes daring to try new techniques, and nerve to move on if need be — all in the interest of making better wine.
The wines are strongly shaped by the loess and weathered volcanic soils of the vineyards, and are always fully fermented dry. In the cellar, nature is provided with plenty of time and space to do her work. Konrad sees their job to guide the other variables, including strict standards in the vineyards, a 100% selective hand harvest and wild yeast fermentation in large wooden barrels. The low intervention approach in the cellar also means that the wines are neither fined nor filtered.
All in keeping to the motto: As little as possible, as much as needed.