Friedrich Becker

"ever since his legendary 1989 vintage Friedrich Becker has been one of the best red winemakers in Germany"
Armin Diel and Joel Payne - Gault and Millau Guide to German Wines
Rated Germany's Top Pinot Noir Producer for 8 out of the last 9 years.

In the mid 20th century the Beckers, an ancient wine grape growing family like many others in the southern Palatinate, decided to break with long tradition and bottle their own wine rather than selling to cooperatives. Moreover, Becker was among Dr. Heger, Fürst and Mayer-Näkel to be the first to age their Spätburgunder in oak barrels. The fox label has been the Becker estate's distinguishing feature since 1973.

Their wines soon gained a reputation for their consistent and uncompromisingly high quality, earning them membership of the VDP and 4/5 stars from Gault et Millau. The outstanding quality of Becker's wines begins in the vineyard, a total of around 30 hectares planted 60% to Burgundian varietals - Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay; the rest Riesling and other more traditionally "German" grapes.

The Burgundian varietals thrive in the area's ancient shell and limestone rich soil, their vines able to grow under the shelter of the nearby mountains allowing for a long and moderate growing season. Hand picked at perfect ripeness, the grapes are carefully transported to the winery for gentle pressing, fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel, and refinement in new oak barrels.

Fascinatingly, Becker's vineyards straddle the border between Pfalz in Germany and Alsace in France, meaning that some vineyards (around 60%), which have nonetheless been in the family for 6 generations, are actually geographically located in France! However an agreement reached in 1955 grants the Becker estate rights to these vineyards as well as the ability to make, bottle and sell the wine as German, and in return France was granted access to the water springs at Schweigen.