Stefan Vetter Sylvaner Schale Stiel und Stengel 2019

Type: White
Country: Germany
Region: Franken
Grape Variety: 100% Silvaner
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Organic Farming

Climate: Continental climate with defined seasons and harsh winters
Terroir: Vines grow on limestone and sandstone soil
Winemaking: Fermented and aged on the skins and stems for a full 22 months

Color: Pale yellow
Notes all sorts of stone fruits, red fruits, even some tart, wild blueberries
Palate: Texture and grip like an “orange wine,” but it is not at all heavy or cloudy

About the Winery:
Stefan Vetter is punk rock. He has done nothing that has even the slightest commercial logic to it. His old friend Andreas Adam (of the celebrated Mosel estate A.J. Adam) must shake his head, watching Stefan, like a wild hermit, run himself up into the terraced vineyards of Franconia. Yet from a scant few hectares of old terraced vineyards, Stefan is redefining what Sylvaner can be.

Stefan is at the forefront of the natural wine movement in Germany. As such, he farms both organically and biodynamically, working only old vines in steep, terraced sites. Pressing is done gently and can take four to six hours. The juice may see a short bit of skin contact, but for the most part, it is just moved directly into old barrels. Stefan has bought 300 and 600-litre barrels from Stockinger. During the elevage, the wine is topped off but that’s about it. The wines are bottled without fining or filtering.