Weingut Odinstal is a gem tucked-away up in the clouds of the Pfalz. Situated at 350m altitude in a region where winegrowing usually stops at 200m, Odinstal – under head winemaker Andreas Schumann – is an elevated island; a miracle terrain situated next to a volcano.
"If your farm is healthy, you don’t need input from the outside. It’s the yeasts of each vintage which tell the story of that year. If it is sick, and I have the medicine on my farm, I’d sooner try that out. That’s the first point of call."
People: Andreas Schumann
Place: Pfalz, Germany
Varieties: Riesling, Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Gewürztraminer
Hectares: 17, 5.5 of which are planted to vines
Did You Know? They add some whole bunches to their fermentations – not to create orange wines, Andreas explains — but with the idea to increase the tannin structure of their whites:
“It’s roughly 10% of whole bunches that we put into the stainless steel tanks. Now, we have wines where we substitute acidity with a tannin structure which comes from the vineyards, and not from oak barrels that we buy from somewhere else in the world which don’t belong to the vineyard.”
“I grew up with Riesling. It has excellent capacity for terroir expression—if you let it. For me, Riesling is the variety - and also for Pfalz - and I think it has the greatest potential here.”