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.


2020 Chenin Petnat

Soil: Argilo calcaire
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Azay de Rideau
Age of Vines: Planted 1997

Vinification: Bought grapes from Andi’s friend Quentin Bourse in Azay de Rideau .
Direct press and then aged in steel tank. 22 grams of residual sugar at bottling creates lovely bubbles. Degorged during the end of 2021.

Extras: Andi unfortunately had alot of spring frost during this vintage. To make up for some loss of grapes Quentin let Andi buy some fruit from him. The grapes were then transported in
climate cool containers to Andi.
Label design by Dryckesbutiken’s very own Lisa.


2019 Lembrusco

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. Bottled with the addition of sugar and yeast in November 2021 for a second fermentation in bottle.
Degorged in March 2022.

Extras: Could this be the perfect pizza wine? We think so yes! Try for yourself : )
Label design by Dryckesbutiken’s very own Lisa.


2020 Apples & Wine

A petnat made from 50% Pinot Noir 50% apples taken from 50 year old trees, 10 different types  that Andi farms in front of his winery.

Vinification: The apples and grapes were directly pressed and fermented together.
Bottled with 22 grams of sugar left to create perfect bubbles.
Disgorged in October 2021.

Extras: Label design by Dryckesbutiken’s very own Lisa.


2021 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 2022, no sulphur added.


2021 Rosé Secco Sparkling

 Soil: Marl, sandstone and limestone
Grape: Trollinger, Pinot Noir
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1996-2000
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Direct and slow pressing followed by ageing in steel tank where the Co2 is finally added.


2021 Riesling Trocken (Also in 20 L Key Keg)

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.


2020 Sauvignon

Soil: Schnait, Schilfsandstein, Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein.
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 2014
Yields: 30-40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press then aged in 30% old barrels and 70% in stainless steel tanks.


2020 Riesling Schnait Trocken

Soil: Kieselsandstein, Stubensandstein from one parcel.
Grape: Riesling
Appellation: Württemberg
Age of Vines: Planted 1986-1990
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting then aged for 9 months, 40% in old 500 liter barrels and 60% in stainless steel.


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. 


2018 Weiss Trocken (Key Keg)

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.


2020, 2021 Rosé trocken/ ACT Rosé (Also in 20 liter Key Keg)

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.

Extras: ACT, with the act wines we want to encourage people to act for an equal world without discrimination & injustice. 2% of all the sales goes directly to different organisations working for human rights.
Have a look at our ACT-section on the menu above to read more!


2020 Pinot Noir 

 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

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.


2019, 2020 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.


2019 Trollinger ’Pure’

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.


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.