We, Hans-Bert Espe from Osterode and Silke Wolf from Paderborn, have studied in Geisenheim to learn the secrets of winemaking. Travelling around the world have shaped our philosophy, which today forms the basis for our winemaking . Shortly before our first harvest in 2003, we found a suitable place after a long search (shelter) to make wine. On the abandoned, so idyllic looking Canadian airport in Lahr, where the grassy bunkers were mowed by flocks of sheep, we could move our winery behind thick concrete walls and heavy steel door.
Unfortunately, our little idyll was threatened by adverse conditions on the airfield. They forced us to move around for some years like the nomads. In search of the ideal accommodation, we decided to bring back the old idyll with the construction of our own shelter. Here we can continue our philosophy of gentle vinification. For us this means healthy grapes from cultivated vineyards with low yields.
Vineyards of Shelter
Our vineyards are located in Kenzingen and Malterdingen. They are carefully hand-picked by us to harvest healthy grapes. So we can win from optimally mature fruits, aromatic and complex wine. The old vines and above all our intensive yield regulation ensure a natural concentration of the ingredients. This goal is supported by the Lyra education. Like two sun-hungry collectors, the split foliage wall absorbs solar energy. The ripe berries are always read by hand and in small boxes on the fastest way brought to the shelter. Once there, the grapes are processed in the gentlest way possible. We dispense with pumps and filters. Our pump is gravity and patience replaces the filter. After a long maceration in classic wooden vats, we give our Pinot Noir a lot of time and peace to mature in oak barrels. The same strict standards are also applied to our Blanc de Noir and our Sparkling brut.
Source: Shelter Winery Germany