Josef Fischer took over the family winery in Rossatz in 2015. He took his time to begin with. He had a lot of changes in mind – but wanted to do everything at his own pace and think things through. So he started out with a few small steps, but some of them were truly revolutionary. He switched the 11 hectares of vineyards to organic cultivation, and ditched cultured yeasts in favour of spontaneous fermentation. And the fixed start dates for sales of the wines disappeared from the calendar.


“Riesling is a free-spirited variety. You can’t bend Rieslings to fit a particular pattern, you have to let them do what they want to do,” Josef believes. That’s why he gives his single-vineyard wines grown around Rossatz all the time they need. Once they’ve cast off the fruitiness and brashness of their formative years, they are ready to act as ambassadors for the specific vineyards where they were grown.

The grapes from the Ried Kirnberg vineyard exude a cheery freshness, Ried Frauenweingärten wines are rounded and full-bodied, while Ried Mugler produces robust, well-defined wines with angular personalities. But they all have one thing in common: their wonderful depth and outstanding potential. Which makes them more than a match for the finest examples of the variety from the world’s most exciting growing regions.