As a founding member of the VDP, focus at Fitz-Ritter is on Riesling wines from the best vineyards. Their distinctive origin has been a constant factor throughout the history of the winery. The Rieslings are predominantly dry and clearly reflect the typical character of each vineyard.
Full-bodied and spicy, delicate and fine – the wines from each vineyard show great diversity. Wines with residual sweetness and noble predicate wines round off the portfolio. Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris vines thrive in limestone studded clay soil and bring full-bodied, well balanced white wines.
The red wine varietals are predominantly planted in sandy soil. Following open mash fermentation, the wines, especially the elegant Pinot Noirs, are matured for a term of 15 to 18 months in Barrique barrels made from oak of various origins. The Fitz-Ritter winery has succesfully completed certification for EU-Organic-Wines in 2012 (DE-ÖKO-039).
GOOD FROM THE GROUND UP
VDP.GUTSWEINE are entry-level wines in th VDP's hierarchy that links wine quality with origin. They are quasi the calling card of a wine-grower. The wines originate from an estate's holdings and meet the stringent standards prescribed by the VDP.
SOURCED FROM SUPERIOR SOILS
VDP.ORTSWEINE originate from a village's best vineyards. They are the ambassadors of its respective terroir. Grape varieties typical of the region and low yields are prerequisites for these wines. VDP.ORTSWEINE are the link between VDP.GUTSWEINE and the wines in the very good and very best categories.
VDP.ERSTE LAGE designates first-class vineyards with an autonomous profile. They provide optimal growing conditions and are planted with grape varieties that are ideally suited to the site's soils. Yields are greatly reduced to foster higher quality. It has been well documeted that wins of exceptional quality are produced from grapes grown in VDP.ERSTE LAGEN.
THE PEAK OF THE PYRAMID
VDP.GROSSE LAGE designates the very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. The wines produced from grapes grown in these sites have tremendous aging potential. These vineyards are planted exclusively with the very finest grape varieties that are ideally suited to the site's soils. Subject to the most stringent production criteria, these wines form the peak of the VDP's classification pyramid.