When Rebholz chose Chardonnay

Rebholz and sons

A retrospective tasting of a pioneering Pfalz estate, and its importance in the rise of great German Chardonnay. Above (left to right), Hans, Hansjörg and Valentin Rebholz.

‘It was the 1980s, and, not at all like it is now, there was just no one to ask’, recalls Hansjörg Rebholz of the biodynamic Pfalz estate. Flanked by his sons (and current winemakers), 27-year-old identical twins Hans and Valentin Rebholz, the trio stands in the winery’s Hof before a small crowd of sommeliers and journalists gathered to celebrate 30 years of Rebholz Chardonnay.

Although over 40% of the Rebholz portfolio is devoted...