Our wine estate has 16.5 hectares under cultivation and the very best terroir. Light, multilayered soils in a sun-blessed location well ventilated by mild sea breezes – that is home to our wines and the nursery for excellent grapes that are gently harvested and lovingly tended in intensive manual work processes until the time is ripe.
In the vineyard we work on the model of the “médocaine” method employed in the Bordeaux region, with a very high vine density combined with low vine height. We have also divided our vineyard into 15 microsites and 38 plots. In the interest of consistent quality, the grapes are harvested in the traditional style at the vine on the basis of the low-yield principle, a time-consuming but rewarding process.
In the cellar, too, we work in harmony with nature and take advantage of the natural laws – like gravity. The use of the latest equipment is combined with gentle processing methods and a spirit of experimentation. Vinification is performed with the greatest care and without any time constraints. We ensure that the wines in the cellar are given the time they need to mature in peace. In this context, the use of various barrels and toasts is an ongoing process of further development.
After more than fifty years of wine-growing in Germany, the Knauf family of entrepreneurs from Franconia saw their dream come true twenty years ago in the form of a wine estate in the Italian region of Tuscany. At Campo Sughera, Isabel Knauf and her cousin Frederick Knauf are today pursuing a clear goal: making elegant wines with a distinctive identity – including one of the most popular Bolgheri Doc Superiore.