2017 Furst Riesling Pur Mineral, Bürgstadter Berg Erstelage, Franken
The Fürst family has been involved in viticulture since 1638. In 1975, whilst attending the Geisenheim school for viticulture Paul Fürst’s father, Rudolf, passed away suddenly. Paul immediately left his studies and at age 21 took over the estate to carry on the tradition in the cramped Fürst family residence in Bürgstadt. In 1979 Paul and his wife Monika started building a new estate on the outskirts of town. This included a new residence and state of the art cellar atop the Centgrafenberg vineyard. The new site provides breathtaking views of the Main river valley and the picturesque medieval town of Miltenberg. Under Paul Fürst’s tenure the estate has grown from six to 37 acres. The vineyard takes its name from the Bürgstadter Centgraf (Centgraf is the leader of a settlement of 100 people). Smaller holdings are in the Volkacher Karthäuser vineyard (7.5 acres) and the Grosshembacher Bischofsberg (2.5 acres). Work in the vineyards is done with great care. Treatment of the vines and soil is near organic and as close to natural as possible.