Father and son team Thomas and Philip Nelles’ philosophy is “tradition obliges” – and there is plenty of that for a winery opened in 1479. With vineyards in the Heimersheimer Landskrone and Burggarten at Ahr’s eastern end, grapes are of premier quality and vinification is meticulous to preserve each wine’s terroir.Sustainability is a key driving force in Nelles’ winemaking. The winery is a member of Fair ‘n Green and encourages all the little critters in their vineyards to find their natural places among the vines, enriching the ecosystem.In the cellar, reds are barrel matured with “controlled inactivity” to capture the distinct quality and minerality of each vineyard. Nelles produces 60,000 bottles annually and has been a VDP member since 1994.This top Pinot Noir grew on the steep slopes of the Estate’s oldest vineyards in Heimersheim. The yield from these 40 year old vineyards is very low. The grapes were picked by hand and picked again on the reading table. The wine has found its perfection after 15 months of storage in barriques. Opulent pinot scent, dense fruit substance and the finest roasted aromas accompany this wine on the tongue and show an enormous length and fullness on the palate.