Wirsching is one of the largest privately owned estates in Germany. The family’s history in Iphöfen dates back to 1528. The estate buildings and the cellar were completed in 1550 and the estate was officially established in 1630 with vineyards gifted to the Wirschings from the abbey at Ebrach. Starting a winery during the brutal 30 years war, especially during the most dangerous period, the Swedish Intervention (1630-1635) showed even then the kind of backbone and grit the Wirsching’s have.
In 1907, Andreas Wirsching saved the estate after the Iphöfer vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera. His grandson Hans took Scheurebe cuttings from the Annaberg in the early 1950s (much like Karl Fuhrmann at Pfeffingen) and transplanted them in the Kronsberg. It is to the credit of both Wirsching and Pfeffingen and their pioneering efforts that the Scheurebe grape has found a place in German viticulture.
The estate has holdings of near 80 hectares. They are planted 40% to Silvaner; 20% to Riesling; 8% to Pinot Blanc; 7% to Scheurebe; 7% to Pinot Noir; the remaining 18% to Traminer (planted exclusively in the Kalb vineyard) .
The following Iphöfer vineyards produce the “image wines” and Grand Crus at Wirsching:
Julius Echter Berg: steeply sloping; grey-brown gypsum marl with layers of sedimented red sandstone. The Julius Echter Berg brings rich opulent Silvaners with yellow plum, pineapple like fruit along with layer after layer of spice and minerals.
Kronsberg – steeply sloping; grey-brown gypsum marl, clay and loam jammed full with calcium; not as protected as the Julius Echter Berg ; almost better suited for Riesling.
Wirsching is a member of the VDP and the German Barrique Forum. Annual production is 43,000 cases annually.