Martha and Daniel Gantenbein have been producing wine since 1982 in the village Fläsch the Canton of Graubünden. Their vineyards are located along the Rhine river, at the foot of Alps; Burgundian grape varieties perform spectacularly due to large diurnal temperature variation.
The vineyards are planted at higher density than most Swiss winegrowers, and have never been treated with synthetic fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides, or copper sulfate.
·Gantenbein only produce 3 single varietal wines per year: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Pinot Noir the Gantenbeins use Burgundian selections instead of Swiss big-yielding clones. The grapes are destemmed with highly precise vibration technology that keeps 95% of the berries intact, and are aged in new Burgundian oak barrels. The wine is known as“the DRC of the Switzerland”, has juicy fruit and pronounced minerality, the style is pure and concentrated.
Chardonnay and Riesling are lightly crushed before pressing, the former is aged in 50% new oak barrels, the latter vinified and aged in stainless steel. The Chardonnay expresses perfumed fruit, with rich body perfectly balanced by tight structure; the Riesling shows different character than most German counterparts, with phenolic crunchiness and mineral tension wrapped in a round mouthfeel.