and its history
The Spiess family has been farming in Bechtheim since 1509. For most of those years the family’s estate grew produce and raised livestock, with wine only one of the many products it produced.
The family embarked on fine winemaking only a generation ago, when Jürgen Spiess and his wife Ute specialised in just produce and grapes and, eventually concentrated just on grapes. Yet the Spiess-family have never lost sight of the lessons learnt from five centuries of working the land: respect for family, nature and the power of hard work.
The growing success of the newer generation is, in their own words, built on the heroic work of their parents. Johannes Spiess assumed responsibility for the cellar in 2011; his brother Christian subsequently took control in the vineyard and for sales three years later. Together they have made their mark with many bold decisions, such as increased specialization in high-end Rieslings and Pinots. Even so, they see a blend of old and new, of tradition and progress, as the key ingredient to earning reviews like these:
“The current collection is the finest and most elegant than ever.” (Gault Millau, 2015)