COLOR: bright yellow quinces
ODOR: fresh bouquet with apple and melon
TASTE: subtle mineral, mild acid
Hans Wirsching is located in Iphofen, Franconia and is one of the largest wineries in Germany. Although the buildings and the cellar date back to 1550, the estate wasn’t founded until 1630, when the local abbey gave the Wirsching family their first vineyards. The family has maintained their legacy through extenuating circumstances in history - the Swedish Intervention during the 30 years War, phylloxera and two World Wars, and has remained one of the oldest privately owned estates in the country. It was Andreas Wirsching in the early 1910’s who managed to save the estate and passed along his love for the land to his son Hans. Upon his father’s death, Hans inherited the estate and spearheaded several key initiatives, most notably planting new vineyards with grafted, phylloxera-resistant vines and restoring the family’s estate vineyard, the Iphoefer Julius-Echter-Berg. Hans is credited for being the first to plant Scheurebe in 1952. When Hans Wirsching Jr. passed away in 1990, Heinrich assumed responsibility of the family enterprise. Heinrich, along with his daughters represents the 14th and 15th generation of the family to preside over the winery.