W.hat the Habsburgs can, the Wöhrwags have been able to do for a long time: thanks to a clever marriage policy, they can create a dense network of dynastic connections in the highest circles. Some chose the European high aristocracy and did not always find happiness in life, but sometimes even ended up on the scaffold. The others were smarter because they chose the German wine nobility. Hans-Peter Wöhrwag from the winery of the same name in the Stuttgart suburb of Untertürkheim married a winemaker’s daughter from the centuries-old Johannishof in the Rheingau, incidentally one of the many loved ones donated at the Geisenheim Viticulture College. Wöhrwag’s sister, in turn, married Volker Raumland, the grand master of German champagne makers. One of the two sons married into the well-known Palatinate wine-growing company Köhler-Ruprecht, and that that’s it seems rather unlikely, after all, there is still a daughter who has just stepped into the estate after an extensive wine tour around the world. In any case, you don’t have to worry about the drinks when the Wöhrwags celebrate family celebrations.
They celebrate a lot, but more often in public than “en famille”. Because the Wöhrwags have long since established themselves as a house-and-yard and body and stomach winery for discerning Stuttgart wine lovers. Every Saturday the large courtyard of the estate is teeming with cheerful drinkers from all stands who avoid the rather modest plants of the Stuttgart winery and find the true, pure wine of the Swabian capitals at the Wöhrwags. You are spot on with your choice of location, because Stuttgart owes its vinophile reputation exclusively to Untertürkheim. This is where the city’s one hundred hectares of vineyards are located, and it was there that everything revolved around wine for seven hundred years, until an automobile manufacturer called Daimler-Benz took up residence in the suburb and made Untertürkheim known all over the world for another reason. After all, there is the best agreement between the wine and car manufacturers, whose board members like to plop down their quarter at Wöhrwag.
The Maybach among the vineyards
Hans-Peter and Christin Wöhrwag are lucky enough to be able to manage the Maybach under Stuttgart’s vineyards as a monopoly. The Herzogenberg was once the experimental vineyard of the Dukes of Württemberg, has so many gypsum deposits that it was even used as a quarry in the past, and thanks to its turbulent topography offers many different altitudes and sun exposures, which is why Hans-Peter Wöhrwag never gets bored of winegrowing. Eighty-five percent of his twenty hectares of vineyards are in the Herzogenberg, which he cannot, however, monopolize as much as he would like. Because thanks to its spectacular views of the Neckar and Rems, a lot of party people cavort between the rows of vines and not only leave a good atmosphere there.
The cupbearer of the Stuttgarter Weinfreunde included his estate in the internationally highly regarded Association of German Prädikatsweingüter in 1999, but sells his entire harvest within a radius of a hundred kilometers and does not export a single bottle. That is a burden and an obligation at the same time. Because you come to Hans-Peter Wöhrwag to be happy. That is why he cannot press wines that offend his customers, cause serious complications, ask for complicated explanations or satisfy the desire for exoticism and extravagance. Instead, he makes plants for the joy of drinking and the fun of life, of which you neither have enough after a glass nor after a bottle, but without hesitation order a second bottle.