GERMANY (Winnenden) – The youngsters in Wurttemberg are surging ahead with original ideas, unusual initiatives, and above all with convincing wines. Reason enough to introduce some of these talents in a little series of articles. We start with David and Markus Siegloch, two brothers from Winnenden, Remstal.
In 2013, David and Markus Siegloch, the young generation of what then was the Siegloch-Klöpfer wine estate, Winnenden, as well as Birgit, their mother, had to cope with the death of Peter, their father, who died at the age of only 56 years. The question was if and how the winery should be continued. Birgit Siegloch left the decision to her sons. The two brothers quickly agreed that changes were necessary, and they had a lot of ideas – and they were confident that everything could be done, as well in the matter of quality – after all, they had a good education. Markus (born in 1987) did an apprenticeship at Bernhard Ellwanger and Rainer Schnaitmann, then attended the Weinsberg Viticultural School. David (born in 1985) did an apprenticeship at Hans Haidle, at the Untertürkheim Wein Manufaktur, and with vintner Lothar Schwörer, Baden, before he studied at the Geisenheim academy. Furthermore, they had repeatedly supported their father in the vineyard and in the wine cellar and produced a wine which attracted positive attention. A 2009 sauvignon blanc was even described in detail in a wine book about Wurttemberg.
As their idea about the future of the wine estate were totally different from how the winery really like at that time, far-reaching changes were introduced – according to the motto “Let’s go the whole hog.” Since, the winery’s name is just Siegloch. At the beginning of 2014, the double name, which came after Peter Siegloch from Bad Cannstatt married Birgit Klöpfer from Winnenden and entered the Klöpfer wine estate, became a thing of the past. At the same time, the slogan “Wines Like Us” was born. “We wanted to make wines according to our ideas, without being bound by regulations and rules”, David Siegloch explains. This is why they don’t submit their wines for the quality wine testing, either, but distribute them as table wine. In taste, there are only two versions – either “dry”, or “wet” – for everything which does not taste outright astringently.
The wines are smartly classified. Heartening, juicy wines for uncomplicated pleasure are bottled as “Basis” (basic wines), for instance, riesling, lemberger, muscatel, and blanc de noirs “wet”. The “Original.Siegloch.Trinkhilfe.” collection promises “fun and wicked stuff” and consists out of straightforward cuvees in white, red, and rosé. The liter wines (riesling, trollinger, trollinger/lemberger, rosé) are called “down-to-earth”. And then, on the top, there is “Vogelfrei” (outlawed) as well as “Vogelfrei Réserve”. The name was an idea of Angelika, David’s wife. It stands for the estate’s top quality wines, which are treated carefully in the wine cellar and are bottled pretty late. Among the wines called “Réserve”, there are riesling and sauvignon blanc as well as the “Kleine Réserve” (little reserve), a red cuvee out of lemberger, syrah, and zweigelt, and a fine riesling sparkling wine without dosage. “Power, character, elegance” – this is what this category embodies, whereas in the “Vogelfrei” class, a mineral sauvignon blanc, a spicy pinot blanc, and merlot, as well as a “Von Früh bis Spät” can be found; most of the customers solve the puzzle about how pinot tard (“early pinot”) and spaetburgunder (“late pinot”) are composed…
The unconventional performance did no damage to the brothers. “Ninety percent of our regular customers stayed”, Markus happily says. Birgit, their mother, continually feels responsible for customer care, whereas her sons extended their vineyards, located at Winnenden and Cannstatt, from six to eight hectares. And again and again they implement new ideas. For instance, out of 2012 syrah and cabernet franc, they created the “19 volt” liquor wine. And the fine spirits from their own distillery were completed by a fine spicy brandy out of mulled wine (1) made out of trollinger grapes. Moreover, the wine pub on the Bad Cannstatt estate, which was opened in 1911 by Christian Siegloch, their great-grandfather, and which closed down long ago, was revived. During several weeks every year, the brothers serve there, besides their wines, regional specialties like maultaschen (Swabian version of ravioli) with potato salad, roast joint, pork cheeks, ribs and cheese spaetzle; this indicates real culinary ambitions. (rudolf.knoll)