Grapes: Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Portugieser
A complex herbal and red fruited blend of Germanic and Burgundian varieties by one of the most significant producers in the region of Swabia. Beurer worked certified biodynamically, often teaching younger farmers and winemakers how to do so as well. This is Pinot Noir along with the underrated German grapes called Dornfelder and Blauer Portugieser. No filtering and very low sulfur additions.
I have met few winemakers who seem to see the “whole” as clearly and succinctly as Beurer does. Jochen farms both organic and biodynamic (he is Demeter certified), yet still he does not speak in easy truths; he seems to be seeking a viticulture that is beyond these simple rules, more integrated, more complete.
Jochen is also one of the kindest humans out there; a bear of a man who is profoundly nurturing. A whole generation of young German winemakers has passed through Beurer’s cellar. We’re getting to the heart of why Beurer is so important to German winemaking.
Nonetheless, it’s not shocking that Beurer is less well known in the U.S. First, he’s from Swabia, a southern region only recently created by the importer Selection Massale. Swabia is not part of the old-school, cannonical history of winemaking in Germany. It is a fertile place, with a diverse array of agriculture. Which brings us to the second reason that Beurer is not as famous as he should be: he does not focus solely on Riesling, but embraces the wild and complicated diversity of Teutonic grapes and wines. - Vom Boden