A strong personality, wines with a strong character, made with a whoooole lot of passion. Yay! He is a real character, this guy who is wreaking havoc right next to the historical gates of the idyllic wine-growing town of Freinsheim. Incredibly down-to-earth, brutally honest, his enthusiasm for life radiates out to everyone around him. Jürgen Krebs doesn't fit into any of the usual pigeon holes. He wouldn't fit anyway at a height of six foot three, and you'd never be able to keep him in. His wines are a bit like him. Expressive, lively and with a whole lot of character. You will never get a sense of brute force from his wines, but rather one of gentleness and patience. His character and his unmistakable passion for his work must have been passed on to him when he was still a baby in the cradle. His inspiration and the sensitivity he shows for the craft of wine-making were ripened off by a period at the VDP giants Knipser and Kuhn. He likes to call the process he went through there "Laumersheim brainwashing".
His wines tell a story. Since 2008 he has regularly brought his products onto the world stage showing a great deal of love for the wines, but without pushing himself into the limelight. At the end of the day it's the wine that should be the focus of attention. All his wines win people over with their power, their density and the stories they tell. They tell tales of heat, cold, storms and rain, of nature and of the people who have been involved in their creation. The greater part of his 16 hectares of vineyards are located in areas which are renowned worldwide – Freinsheimer Musikantenbuckel and Oschelskopf as well as Herxheimer Honigsack. The soil is characterised by loess, clay, sand and lime. He tends to his vines with great care and attention. At the end of the day, hard pruning, intensive foliage trimming, strict monitoring of yields, intensive selection and an experienced eye for our own vines are all vital to achieve the high quality standards he sets.
An experience in taste. I was particularly impressed by the 2015 Freinsheimer Oschelskopf Riesling auf dem mittleren Gross dry, which has a charming and subtly fruity bouquet. A trace of honeydew melon coupled with pineapple and orange blossom fills your palate with a full-bodied taste and gives you just a little taste of the 7.5 % acidity, with a residual sugar content of only 1.0 g, before the taste of white currants brings a sense of harmony to the fore. Another absolutely essential pleasure - 2015 Herxheimer Honigsack Riesling dry, which immediately enriches your senses with a spicy mineral aroma, adding a juicy fruitiness from Mirabelle plums and yellow apples. The initial taste on your palate is one of delicacy with its juicy ripe fruits, but then the 8 g/l acidity and the residual sugar content of 1.0 g come into play.
Nature at the focus of their way of doing business. The Krebs family's passion for tending their vines goes back generations. They are continuing their almost 100-year old history with their mission of creating a balance between tradition and the contemporary world. You won't find any attempts at creating a sensation or any marketing trends at the focus of their business, but rather the skills of the trade and a cautious and gentle way of dealing with nature. In Jürgen Krebs' opinion, the world is already hectic enough as it is. He wants to give his wines the time they need to mature. The wine cellar is the place where the wines are created and where they mature. This is where the wines get the time they need for their personalities to unfold and be expressed to the full.
Living cultural heritage. The interaction of experience and innovation allows wines to be created which – with their unmistakeable complexity – reflect the microclimate and the soil of the Freinsheim wine region. Jürgen Krebs is thereby going way beyond the realms of today's high-tech products to create an unmistakeable and living piece of cultural heritage.