The Böcking Family has been making wine since 1624 - a 15-generation family tradition of classic viticulture on the steep slopes of the Mosel River Valley. The extremely steep, slate-laced hillsides in the central region of the Mosel River offer optimal conditions for producing great Rieslings. The current owners are father-and-daughter team Denman Zirkle and Sigrid “Sisi” Carroll.
Owner: Denman Zirkle and Sigrid Carroll
Winery Philosophy: To produce naturally the finest wines from the Trarbach slopes.
Since 1624 the Böcking Family has been devoted to producing wines of the highest quality – crisp, fruity wines that are the finest a Riesling enthusiast can desire.
The roots of the Böcking family can be traced to the early 17th Century, when the family was appointed regional treasurer under Prince Pfälz-Zweibrücken. Soon thereafter, the family became active in the budding wine production and trading business in Trarbach, purchasing what may be the oldest Riesling vineyard on the Mosel, the Trabacher Ungsberg. The Trarbacher Schlossberg vineyard was purchased soon thereafter.
The Böcking family has lived, loved and passed down the tradition of winemaking, along with portions of four steep-slope vineyards, to successive generations. It is their experience and dedication, combined with decades-old vines growing on rich, mineral soils, that allows the family to continue to produce the finest Mosel Riesling wines.
Varietals Produced: Riesling and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
The character of the wines is shaped by their distinctive steep slope vineyards of which Richard Böcking has 15 acres under cultivation. The plantings are 95% Riesling and 5% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Of the five vineyards - Ungsberg, Burgberg, Schlossberg, Huenerberg and Taubenhaus - four are classified as erstes Gewächs (first growth), with vines up to 80 years old. The age of the vines force the roots of these grape vines deep into the ground for water and nutrition. Thus, the vines are constantly absorbing their nutrition, even during unseasonable dry periods. The constant nourishment provides vines that are strong, disease resistant, and produce small, compact grapes with an unusual concentration of fruit.
Richard Böcking develops their wines by hand, from the vineyard to the bottle. Unadulterated; with an originality that can be produced only in a natural vineyard environment. From this tenet springs Böcking's fundamental philosophy—a philosophy of allowing a wine to develop naturally. In the steep-slope vineyards, this philosophy means the small vineyard parcels are cultivated individually and by hand. All wines are developed as bio-dynamically as possible, using naturally occurring yeast and introducing only the sparest amount of sulfur. This meticulous attention to natural agriculture and production create beautifully finished wines while sustaining the vineyards for the future.