Eva Fricke is a young woman who has firmly establishing herself as an ‘up and coming’ winemaker in the Rheingau. The Fricke holding is made up of 5ha, having recently purchased a parcel in Bodthental-Steinberg. Currently Eva produces one wine per vineyard and wants the terroir of each site to be expressed rather than the different sweetness levels being the main focus as in most German wines.
Growing up in the North of Germany to a family not involved in wine, Eva quickly discovered her love for wine and enrolled at the University of Geisenheim and studied Viticulture and Oenology. She completed placements at several wineries such as Schloss Johannisberg (Rheingau) Pepper Tree (Hunter Valley) + the prestigious Dominio de Pingus (Ribera del Duero) and finally for renowned Weingut Josef Leitz in Rüdesheim.
All her vines are grown on very steep slopes and range from 15 - 75 years in age which helps them produce naturally low yields of c. 35hl/ha. With her ecological approach to viticulture, it has allowed Eva to avoid reverting to conventional treatments (previously she practiced sustainable viticulture).
Eva’s wines are based on a holistic concept that relies on traditional methods, on intuition, and on time. In the cellar, the natural character of each site and the influence of each vintage are respected. Viticulture and vinfication have followed ecological standards since 2011. In 2015 the domaine entered the certification process by The Vegan Society and in July 2016 the EU - bio certification. In 2017, she began her first biodynamic practices and from the beginning in 2006, Eva has avioded the uses of any herbicides or pesticides in her vineyards in Lorch. Viticulture and all replanting projects are organized in collaboration with the local nature authorities. The re-cultivation of old vineyards and the conservation of the historic cultural landscape within the UNESCO World Heritage site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” with all its nature and bird sanctuaries are a fundamental part of the estate’s philosophy. All wines today are organic including contract grapes from different producers. All of them are like Eva's domaine certified organic and considered as very trustful partners.
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