Magnificent nature, as far as the eye can see. Plenty of people are busying themselves on the vineyards in Franconia. It is autumn and harvest has begun. It is the same in Iphofen: The Weigand family have been running their winery here since 1990. From grandparents to grandson – and the grandson is now turning a few things on their head. Andi Weigand is a real free spirit. He is young, confident and has a real passion for good wines.
New ideas, new labels, new names: The trained vintner is transforming his father's winery into a modern business. Werner Weigand is not fighting the change – quite the opposite: The experienced vintner is supporting his son however he can. He is giving him the freedom and the responsibility. Three excellent product lines have arisen as a result: – "Der Wilde", "Der Franke" and "Der Held"; "The Wild One", "The Franconian" and "The Hero".
Rediscovering old traditions
At just 25 years old, Andi Weigand knows exactly what he wants: good wine, free from preservatives and made in line with old traditions. And the Franconian has invested a lot of time, love and talent into achieving this objective. He doesn't harvest the vines with a machine; instead, every vine is picked by hand and checked for quality. Instead of using stainless steel barrels, Andi Weigand ages the majority of his wine in wooden barrels. Just as was the case around 70 years ago.
It is this love of detail that makes the wild vintner and his winery so special. And Andi Weigand is convinced that this effort pays off in the final flavour. He lives in line with the motto: If you want to achieve something, you need to do it the hard way. For him, no path is too steep nor too long – he is a vintner with passion.