Salwey

Region: Baden

The Salwey estate from Oberrotweil in the Kaiserstuhl area of Baden is situated in Germany’s most sun-drenched region atop an extinguished volcano not far from Switzerland and across the Rhein from Alsace. The estate is truly a family operation. Viticultural roots of the family date back to the 18th century. The winery, however, was founded in 1950 by Benno Salwey in Oberrotweil. In 1985 his son Wolf-Dietrich took charge and in 2011, his eldest son Konrad assumed ownership and today is responsible for managing the estate.

Salwey is committed to the classic Kaiserstuhl varietals; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Konrad is known for experimentation, to take chances with new techniques and procedures in the interest of advancing the style of vinification. His particularly strong affection and passion is reserved for Pinot Gris, truly the flagship of the estate.

The wines are always fermented completely dry and always characterized and defined by the Loess and vulcanic soil of the area. During the fermentation process nature is allowed time and space without ever leaving the process to chance. “We require the absolute highest standards in tending to our vineyards. 100% of the selection is performed by hand and fermentation is done exclusively with natural yeast mostly in big “ovals”. We avoid fining of the wines and almost always bottle without filtration.”

Salwey is a member of the VDP.

Estate Profile

Owner

Konrad Salwey

Wine Makers

Konrad Salwey, Boubaker Benzarti & Simon Kreutner

History

Family owned and operated since 1763

Growing Area

23 hectares

Bottle Production

15,000 cases

Vineyards

Oberrotweiler Kirchberg (Weathered volcanic rock with some limestone)
Oberrotweiler Eichberg (Weathered volcanic rock and ash with some loess)
Oberrotweiler Henkenberg (Weathered volcanic rock, garnet with some loess)
Oberrotweiler Käsleberg (Loess Soil)
Glottertäler Eichberg (Weathered bedrock and Gneiss)

Soils

Decomposed Volcanic soil, Loess and Decomposed Gneiss

Varietals

40% Pinot Noir
30% Pinot Gris
10% Pinot Blanc
6% Riesling
6% Silvaner
8% Other varietals

Wines

Salwey Estate Pinot Noir
Salwey Estate Pinot Gris
Salwey Estate Pinot Blanc
Salwey Pinot Noir Käselberg
Salwey Pinot Noir GG, Henkenberg
Salwey Pinot Gris GG, Eichberg

Dry vs Sweet

100% Dry

Eco-Friendly

Practicing Eco Friendly

VDP Member

Member since 1972

Trade Resources

2016 Salwey Estate Pinot Noir

2018 Salwey Estate Pinot Gris

2018 Salwey Estate Pinot Blanc

2016 Salwey Pinot Noir Kaiserstuhl

2016 Salwey Pinot Noir GG, Henkenberg

2016 Salwey Pinot Gris GG, Eichberg