Baden is well-known for the Pinot varieties: noir, blanc and gris. Here a wine that evokes the good old days of Alsace Pinot Gris, before the wines became so fat and sweet. The sunny and warm climate imbues this variety with a body and presence that its leaner Grigio Italian cousin doesn’t achieve. Grauburgunder, or Grauer Burgunder — although one encounters the name Rulaender still on occasion, that name is usually used when the wine is finished with residual sugar; here we’re very dry in the finish. In this example, the volcanic soils of the Kaiserstuhl impart a significant minerality to this single-vineyard wine, which has been fermented in stainless steel. Aromatic notes include hazelnut and butterscotch; richly textured on the palate, showing clarity and precision.
The Winzergenossenschaft Königschaffhausen dates from 1933, and has recently begun an affiliation with the grower's co-op in neighboring Kichlinsbergen, which will certainly prove a valuable resource in the years to come.
The Winzergenossenschaft has a current membership of some 370 growers, who together cultivate some 204 Hectares of vines in the municipality. Under the leadership of Günter Zimmerman and Harald Henninger, growers are extremely conscious of the need for yield-reduction, and for delivering first-class fruit to the winery. The winery in Endingen is capable of vinifying juice in various styles, depending on variety and ripeness, outfitted with the best and latest of modern technology, along with the oldfashioned traditional equipment. All in all, a dazzling variety of wines are produced.
Apart from the ubiquitous Müller-Thurgau, from which Königschaffhausen produces its standout picnic wine Flaneur, grape-growing is focused upon members of the pinot family—Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder and Weißburgunder, which do so well here in sun-drenched Baden, planted in the volcanic soils of the Kaiserstuhl.--