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Weingut Bercher (Baden, Germany)

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

With a history dating back to the mid-fifteenth century, the family of winemakers at Weingut Bercher are now into their 10th generation of producing wine in the German wine region of Baden. The Burkheim am Kaiserstuhl area has perfect climatic and geological conditions for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. As an interesting side note, people have lived in the Kaiserstuhl area since approximately 2,000 BCE! Our host for the experience, Petra, began our seated wine tasting with an overview of the family's history and the region's unique grape growing conditions, including the various soil types of the family's vineyard locations. Petra did a fantastic job learning more about our experience with wine and our knowledge of the subject to customize the content to fit our level of understanding.

Petra poured ten wines for us during the tasting, showcasing the family’s range of production. Our clear favorite was the 2018 Burkheimer Spätburgunder, a village-level Pinot Noir wine classified as VDP.ORTSWEINE by the German wine promotional body, the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). VDP.ORTSWEINE displays the various unique qualities associated with a particular village of origin, in this case, the village of Burkheimer. The wines of this village tend to show enhanced ripeness of fruits and richness in the body compared to the other areas of Germany. Additionally, village has a variety of soil types to include volcanic soils and loess, a well-draining soil that keeps the roots of the vines dry after any rainy while forcing the roots to dig deep to search for water and other nutrients.

We found the 2018 Burkheimer Spätburgunder to show ripe cherry, strawberry, and red plum with evidence of oak ageing, such as vanilla and baking spices. Offering incredible aromatic intensity and a pleasurable sensation on the palate, we were extremely pleased with this Pinot Noir. As budget-minded consumers, we found this wine's price-to-quality ratio equally impressive… we left with a case! At the tasting's conclusion, our host graciously gave us a tour of the Bercher family cellar where they mature many wines in large oak barrels.

Click here for a video of our wine experience!!

Experience Rating: 3 Stars

Brodi’s Rating: 1 Paw Up

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Experience Vibe: Private Experience, Cellar Tour, Seated Wine Tasting

Reservations Needed: Yes

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