Story Behind the Wine:
Starting with vintage 2018, they are certified organic. They are also pursuing parts of the biodynamic philosophies, with the very real desire to understand and integrate its principles, without necessarily blindly following the ideology.
The brothers’ Brand, Daniel and Jonas, have quickly brought attention to the far northern Pfalz, this cool-climate, limestone-rich, yet otherwise overlooked region.
In the 5th generation winemaking brothers’ village of Bockenheim, things are quiet; the historic and gilded estates of the south, with their tended gardens and bustling tourism, give way to a quieter, more gritty, working agricultural feel in the north. The Brand brothers are, however, electrifying their little town and this forgotten region.
And they are doing so with huge smiles, a raucous joy – even downright excitement – in their role as stewards for the land. If in some way the brothers, and their unique, crystalline natural wines, seem to have come out of nowhere, there is a context here. Their father, Jürgen, was one of the first advocates for environmentally conscious agriculture, joining an important organic organization in 1994.
However, it wasn’t until Daniel came into the winery in 2014 that they made the transition to organic viticulture. The brothers, for their own parts, have worked with a bevy of “who’s who” producers including Lise and Bertrand Jousset in the Loire, and Alwin Jurtschitsch in Austria’s Kamptal.