The carp’s no longer alone.

The carp is as much part of the Moselle river as it is an integral part of our coat of arms. This remarkable tradition began as far back as 1664 with fishermen who not only practised “Karp” (the Moselle Franconian word for “carp) fishing, but also viticulture. Around 1900, the Schreiber family joined the Karps through marriage and the Karp no longer had to swim alone, at least in name…

Today, Jobst-Julius Karp, the 13th generation of the family, manages this traditional wine estate. Having gained a degree in oenology and viticulture engineering from Geisenheim University, he toured the world of wine from California to New Zealand, from Australia to South Africa and then back to Spain to gain experience beyond the horizon of his home country.

Being right there.

Who can be closer to practising nature conservation than someone who makes a living from it? And for us, it’s not just an empty phrase, we consistently promote it. Our free spaces are fitted with bee, insect and lizard hotels, and additional vegetation between the vine rows create a flourishing viticultural landscape. Biodiversity and viticulture are not mutually exclusive, they can have a fully-fledged independent existence from each other.

Modernity that make sense.

An ecological approach in no way rules out the use of state-of-the-art technology. Since Merlin and Elias – our two donkeys – refuse to work in the vineyard, we make careful and effective use of a rotary hoe. We also use durable patina poles made of corten steel to prevent contamination with zinc. Our grape pressing process is gentle and we practice cool fermentation in stainless steel. This produces fruity and fresh wines, and, after a period of maturing in a traditional “Fuderfass” oak barrel (which holds 1000 litres) our authentic expressive single-vineyard wines which impress with their individual character.

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