Palatinate


Palatinate

In the palatinate the vineyard is called “Wingert” and the vineculture has a long tradition – the villages along the wine road are famous in the wine-world,  Maikammer, Deidesheim, Bad Dürkheim. Quality is produced here,  
craftsmanship and terroir meet modern technology with the associated marketing.

And then there is Mr. Heußler senior and his horse Rico. Only when they get as close as 50 m you can hear the scraping sound of the breaking earth under the plow. They form a perfect team – only after the turning maneuver at the end of the row is time to talk. While Rico takes a break, Helmut Heußler tells me about his passion: that the 1,5 acres Roßwingert have never seen a tractor, that the ground stays fluffy and vital with this procedure, that the roots are able to spread and that a day on the machines is exhausting, while after a day with horse and plow is tiring in a much more relaxed form. And especially, that you can taste the difference in the wine. I was caught up in the atmosphere that the winemaker and his horse spread with the Hambacher castle in the background.
The day’s work of man and horse can be done by a machine in 20 minutes, so efficiency is no topic, hard to imagine that the project “Roßwingert” pays off. The wine would have to be too expensive for anyone to buy – I thought. While the tasting leaves room for discussion, the blind- tasting reveals that there is definitely a remarkable difference in taste to the wine from the conventionally cultivated vineyard. Can Helmut Heußler just not adjust to changing times and the use of machines or does the project Roßwingert have potential to become a larger project?