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Luckert - Zehnthof

The Luckert-Zehnthof winery is a pure family business, consisting of Ulrich, Wolfgang and his son Philip Luckert. All three have enjoyed a sound winemaking education with well-known estate greats of the region.

Ulrich learned his trade at the Fürstlich Castell'schen Domänenamt, Wolfgang at the Bürgerspital in Würzburg, and Philipp with Paul Fürst in Bürgstadt. The village of Sulzfeld, where the winery's 17 hectares of vineyards are located, is famous for its Silvaner. Luckert's oldest vineyard is planted with Silvaner vines from 1870!

Vineyards in Sulzfeld

As with many ecologically oriented wineries, the clear focus at Zehnthof is on the vineyards. For many years, the vines have been trained in the cordon system in order to vigorously reduce yields. To further harmonize the growth, the family allows natural vegetation to grow between the vines. The winery has been certified organic since 2009, all vineyards are cultivated organically.

The Luckert wines

The wines clearly show where they come from: the Franconian shell limestone. A barren soil that does not forgive any mistakes and makes the wines complex and racy.

More about Luckert - Zehnthof

The grapes come from vines that have not been treated with the supposed blessings of industry. The best way to describe the wines is "Franconian dry", which means: completely fermented and without tangible residual sugar. Instead, you get a materiality and mineral spiciness without primary fruit aromas.

These are concentrated wines from old vines that were not made to be enjoyed between doors. Wines that can also polarise. Slowly fermented, carefully matured and not bottled too early. The white wines at Luckerts Zehnthof have always been matured mainly in large, traditional double barrels made of Spessart oak. This is their own tradition, never influenced by fashions. The zeitgeist of fashions is not important here, only genuine, age-old craftsmanship! The reds are created in classic mash fermentation in open vats. This gives them an intense colour and a good portion of ripe tannins. A great structure characterises these red wines from a cool climate.

You should decant young wines or open them early. The Luckerts would prefer it even more if you gave them enough time to mature. These wines are everything but fast.

winery luckert the new cellar with family

Zehnthof-Luckert: The family in the new cellar // Photo winery

Luckert Winery - Short portrait

Appellation: Franconia
Vineyard area: 16 ha
Annual production: 120,000 bottles
Ground: Upper Muschelkalk, Yellow Limestone
Grape varieties: Silvaner, Burgundy varieties, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau
Average yield: 63 hl/ha
Vine age: 25 years on average (up to 150 years!)
Winery certification: GfRS as of 2013

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