Vier Jahreszeiten Winery, Winemaking Story Since the 19th Century
Among the charming scenic beauty, Vier Jahreszeiten Winery is located in Bad Dürkheim, within the Pfalz winegrowing region. The rich-quality wines of the estate are well-known worldwide and have won many awards, competing against Germany’s other wineries. Every September, the estate celebrates a 600-year-old wine festival, the largest globally, Wurstmarkt, attended by international wine lovers.
Introducing Modern Technology with Old Winemaking Traditions into the Cooperative
There are many dedicated and passionate hands behind the winemaking success of Vier Jahreszeiten. Around 75 winemakers of Dürkheim teamed up and formed “Winzergenossenschaft FOUR SEASONS,” and later in 1970, the Winzerverein Kloster Limburg community collaborated with them. Today, in the newly established wine cooperative in Bad Dürkheim, the group has introduced modern technology, respecting the old winemaking traditions.
Vier Jahreszeiten is well-known for producing a big range of grape varieties in its 581-hectares of vineyards
Grown Grapes Varieties of the Winery
Vier Jahreszeiten is well-known for producing a massive range of grape varieties in its 581-hectares of vineyards. Some cultivated land areas are covered by rich-quality Riesling, Weisser Burgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Grauer Burgunder, Silvaner, and Müller-Thurgau. They also grow Rivaner, Scheurebe, Chardonnay, and Kerner, in combination with fruity Grüner Veltliner, Kanzler, Solaris, Morio-Muskat, Gewürztraminer, Spätburgunder, Blauer Portugieser, and Dornfelder. All these vines are harvested “gently” to produce delicious red, white, and rosé wines, along with world-class sparkling and dessert wines.
Under Walter Brahner, a skilled winemaker, the winery produces both native and international wines. They own two cellars, equipped with large stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The company stores its exquisite wines in the barrels of various sizes, built from the wood of Palatinate forest, lined up in the cellar.