Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Localization: Pfalz, Germany
Tasting Notes: A delicious dry sparkling wine with very fine sparkle and long-lasting effervescence. Combined fragrances of fresh fruit as well as aromas ranging from apple to pineapple and tangerine. Clean, fresh, and well-balanced to enjoy.
Notes: The grapes for this sparkling wine are carefully selected from neighboring vineyards in the Pfalz region. The rich & fertile loamy soil is ideal for Riesling. The second fermentation takes place in small pressure tanks (the Charmant method) and aged for 15-18 months on the lees, whereby the legal minimum is 9 months. The pressure in the tank rises naturally to a very high 8 atmospheres, and after filtering and cooling to near freezing point which avoids any loss of sparkle, the bottling takes place next to the tanks in direct proximity. Sekt is the German word for sparkling wine.
Food Pairing: A perfect match for strong Indian and Asian spiced dishes. Also fantastic with a spiced duck leg, dishes with acidic sauces, roasted vegetables and soft cheeses.
The Domain: The winery is in the heart of Bad Dürkheim with great history and deep connection to the region. Under one roof Fitz-Ritter unites a renowned VDP Weingut and the oldest sparkling wine cellar of the Palatinate. The sprawling estate with the classicist manor house and the award-winning Gutspark lies in the middle of the Ritterlage house and characterizes the townscape.
The winery Fitz-Ritter can look back on a turbulent history like hardly any other existing Palatine winery. It has remained in the same family since its construction and is now run by the Fitz family in its ninth generation. With the 230-year tradition always in view, new concepts and innovations are cultivated.
Johannes Fitz, who decisively influenced the Vormärz era by his participation in the Hambach Festival in 1832, was followed by other ancestors as members of parliament in the first German parliament. Johann Fitz, who studied in Berkeley, California, took over the winery in 2007 from Konrad Fitz, who helped his business with his wife Alice to gain international recognition over the last 40 years.