Andi Knauss

Weingut Knauss, Strümpfelbach

Andi Knauss started to work together with his father at their family estate in 2004 as the fourth generation. Vineyard land here is expensive, but Andi has slowly built up the estate parcel by parcel, sometimes just a row, and today he got 15 hectares of vineyards.

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He was just out of wine school and had finished a short vineyard-practice in Austria, where he learnt how to work organically, when he took over the winery. You can easily say that this is a full-time job for him, making wine from over 18 different plots in Strümpfelbach (the village where the winery is located), Beutelsbach and Endersbach, in the hills around the river Rems..

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The vineyards are situated at 300-400 meters above sea level and are composed of different types of limestone, basically layered on top of each other. The work in the vineyards has been done naturally since the start and the winemaking is careful and punctual. Natural fermentations and minimal sulfur are the norm throughout the range and some wines see no sulfur at all – which is a bit of a rarity in Germany.


The whites offer elegance, fruit and heaps of minerality. His reds are aromatic, fruity and delicate.

 

2019 Muskateller Petnat

Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Muskateller
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, fermentation starts in stainless steel tanks and is bottled with some sugar left to create perfect bubbles and a balanced sweetness. Disgorged by hand in February 2020, 0 sulphur added. 15 grams sugar left, semi dry.


2019 Riesling Trocken

Soil: Limestone, Marl, Schilfsandstein, Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein, made to represent all different soils that Andi sits on.
Grape: Riesling
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994-2004
Yields: 30-40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting then aged for 8 months in stainless steel and old 3000 liter barrels.


2019 Pinot Blanc Pure (also in 20 liter KeyKeg)

Soil: Limestone, Marl, Schilfsandstein, Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein from Schnait and Butelbach vineyard
Grape: Pinot Blanc
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: 30% of the grapes ferment for 6 weeks on the skins, the rest is pressed directly and fermented on stainless steel. Andi blends the wines before ageing takes place in barrels, amphora and stainless steel tanks. Blending and bottling took place the first week of April. 1200 bottles produced.


2019 Pinot Blanc Pure Amphora

Soil: Limestone, Marl, Schilfsandstein, Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein from Schnait and Butelbach vineyard
Grape: Pinot Blanc
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: 100% whole bunch maceration in amphora for 7 weeks, then pressed and aged in amphora until bottling in March 2020. No sulphur added. 


2019 Pinot Gris Pure Amphora

Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: 100% whole bunch maceration in stainless steel for 2 weeks, then pressed and aged in amphora until bottling in March 2020. No sulphur added.


2016 Riesling ‘Amphora Pure’

Soil: Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein from one parcel.
Grape: Riesling
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1994
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press for 80% of the grapes and 20% is destemmed and then put in a 300 liter Amphora for maceration and fermentation for 10 months. Then pressed and aged for one more month in an old barrel before bottling. 240 bottles were produced.


2018 Weiss Trocken (KeyKeg)

Soil: Limestone and Marl.
Grape: 50% Kerner 50% Müller Thurgau
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 1989
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting then aged for 8 months in stainless steel.


2019 Rosé Petnat 

Soil: Sandstone, 350-400 meters above sea level
 Grape: Pinot Noir (called Spätburgunder in this region)
Appellation: Württemberg 
Age of Vines: Planted 1996-2000 
Yields: 45 hl/ha 

    Vinification: 17 hours skin maceration before press and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was bottled with some sugar left to create perfect bubbles. Disgorged by hand in February 2020, no sulphur added.


2018/2019 Rosé trocken (2019 also in 20 liter KeyKeg)

Soil: Marl and limestone.
Grape: 50 % Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) 25% Lemberger 25% Zweigelt
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1999-2014
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Three hours of maceration before press and fermentation then aged for 6 months in stainless steel.


2017/2018 Pinot Noir (2018 also in 20 liter KeyKeg)

 Soil: Sandstone, 350-400 meters above sea level
Grape: Pinot Noir (called Spätburgunder in this region)
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1996-2000
Yields: 45 hl/ha

Vinification: 70% destemmed and 30% whole bunch fermentation for 14 days before pressing and aged for 8 months in old 300 & 600 liter oak barrels.


2018 Pure Red (also on 20 liter KeyKeg)

Soil: Marl & Gipskeuper
Grape: 60% Lemberger, 40% Zweigelt
Appellation: Württemberg 
Age of Vines: Planted in 1999  
 Yields: 25 hl/ha 

 Vinification: 100% destemmed and 15 days maceration on the skins before pressing and aged for 10 months in old 500 liter oak barrels.


2017 Lemberger trocken

Soil: Marl, from the Strümpfelbach and Schnait
Grape: Lemberger (also known as Blaufränkisch)
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 2001
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunch fermentation for 14 days before pressing and aged for 6 months in old 3000 liter oak barrels.


2016 Lemberger Strümpfelbach

Soil: Marl, from Strümpfelbach, 280-320 meters altitude
Grape: Lemberger (also known as Blaufränkisch)
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1987-1992
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed then 14 days of maceration on the skins before pressing and aged for 12 months in old 500 liter oak barrels.


2015 Trollinger ’without all’

Soil: Marl and Limestone
Grape: Trollinger
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1989-1999
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Destemmed then 13 days of maceration, fermented and aged in steel tanks and an old oak for 6 months.


2018 Trollinger ’Pure’ (2016 and 2018 also available in 20 litres Key Kegs)

Soil: Marl and Limestone
Grape: Trollinger
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1988-1998
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Destemmed and 10 days of maceration in plastic vats before pressing and aged in 500 liter barrels and in stainless steel tanks for 6 months. After this the wine is blended and put into fibre glass tanks for continuous ageing 6 months before bottling.


2016 Zweigelt Pure

Soil: Marl and limestone
Grape: Zweigelt
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted in 2007
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: 70% destemmed, 30% whole bunch fermentation for 18 days before pressing and aged for 8 months in old 300 liter barrels.


2019 Kerner Sweet

Soil: Limestone and Marl
Grape: Kerner
Appellation: Württemberg
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Late harvest on the 25th of September, very sweet berries without botrytis. 15hours of skin maceration before pressing and continuous fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Andi stopped the fermentation by cooling the tank when it was 112 grams of sugar left. 300 bottles produced.