The estate is a very traditional winery located in the village of Forst in the Pfalz. In 1620, Sontag Spindler moved from Burgundy to the Pfalz where he began to purchase vineyards and became a viticulturist. He purchased the Kirchenstück in 1656, one of Germany’s most revered parcels, from the old hospital in Deidesheim.
Today the winery is run by Markus Spindler, great-grandson of Heinrich Spindler, who is carrying the estate through its 11th generation of winemaking. Spindler is blessed with all of the top Forster sites, and his style is very nuanced and pure with more attention given to detail and finesse than to power and richness.
Riesling is the main variety here, comprising 83% of the estate’s holdings. Other white varieties include pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris and the top vineyard sites are located in the villages of Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg. Heinrich Spindler has been farming sustainably for nearly twenty years (i.e., no herbicides, artificial fertilizers, pesticides, etc.). Markus decided to officially convert to organic viticulture in 2012, what was an easy and natural transition because the groundwork had been laid in the preceding decades. 2015 will be the first vintage where all the wines will be legally recognized as “organic.”