organic Riesling wine
Wein- und Essigmanufaktur Kaltenthaler
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt {publicVariety} that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2007. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. We invite you to adopt a group of 6 organically farmed Riesling vine stocks from our vinery. The vine stocks are especially grown for the wine production and thereby produce a higher quality of grapes compared to the ones you can buy at a supermarket. Their origin is the Oberrhein close to our home. Riesling is a hybrid of Heunisch × *Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris* (the wild-type vine stock) and a Traminer-clone. To us, the riesling became one of our favorites. It’s highly tolerant to cold and dry conditions, thus very well adapted to our region. In addition, the wine produced from these vine stocks gets ranked as some of the best wine in its category year after year. For some years we have produced our wine according to vegan standards as well. Some of our wine is even suited for histamine intolerant wine lovers, as it is produced under strict guidelines to warrant a histamine-free certification by the German government. Besides the Riesling, we grow well known vine stocks like Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and some perfectly adapted stocks like Regent at our vineyard too. All vine stocks have been planted by our family. Some of the oldest were even planted by Jans, my grandfather who grew with our family to the third generation. Vine stocks can grow up to 50 years or older, on occasion even older than a human being. At our winery we farm 3,8 ha. The average vine stock is about 12 years old. To continue running the numbers: One vine stocks holds about 1kg of grapes each year. This equals pretty accurately a bottle of wine. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 50 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your {variety} die, we will replace them with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other vines.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 6 x __organic Riesling__(0.75 l bottle) This white wine is probably one of the best known German wines and a real classic. The taste balances fresh fruit perfectly with its crisp acidity. It pairs best with fish dishes or as pure enjoyment with friends e.g. on the balcony. We think that it should be drunk as young as possible. Storage of up to 2 years does not harm its taste though. We work completely without additives of preservation, sweeteners and thickeners, and without animal products. For white wine, we generally recommend to drink it within 4-5 days after opening. After this time, it can lose its aroma and become sour. Nevertheless, it is still fine for cooking. The wines from these vine stocks receive numerous awards annually. For some years now, the wine has even been produced according to vegan standards. People that are particularly affected by histamine will find that our wine is produced according to German standards and approved as histamine-free.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The grapes are harvested quite late in October depending on their perfect ripeness. Then, we carefully process them into wine. The bottling takes place around March / April of the following year. Some days later we can finally ship the wine to your place.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
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Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Frank Kaltenthaler
We are father Frank and son Jan Kaltenthaler. Jan was born in 1996 and grew up on the farm. After studying “Brewing & Beverage Technology” at the TU Munich in Weihenstephan, he has now returned to the family company. Frank was born in 1963 and organizes the wine and vinegar manufacture together with Jan. He has fallen in love with winegrowing in his youthful days and still accompanies all work from the vineyard, cellar management to the bottling of the wines. His father Georg, Jan's grandfather, was the greatest inspiration for today's business. Even back in the days, he had paid his employees above average and not only cared for his own family but others too. He has always encouraged and called for the switch to organic farming. So it is no surprise that today we also have a wine with the name “Georg” as an homage to him in our range. Today Frank follows his second passion, the vinegar and balsamic vinegar production. Together with Jan’s knowledgeable input the work of our three generations does not only stay innovative and traditional but and most importantly: fun. Together we now want to work with CrowdFarming on an even more sustainable concept. We are incredibly proud of each of our products and could not be happier to get in touch with you as CrowdFarmers, knowing that our passion and work gets valued.
Frank Kaltenthaler

"Our products should taste good. For us, wine does not always have to be a brain-heavy posh elite product, nor vinegar to only be “sour". Our family is now running the third generation business with a deep love for high quality products. We all pull together. We see organic farming as just as necessary as the careful use of resources. For the sake of our environment and future generations."

Wein- und Essigmanufaktur Kaltenthaler
Wein- und Essigmanufaktur Kaltenthaler
Our grandfather knew exactly why he founded our farm here: Rheinhessen is one of the warmest and largest wine-growing regions in Germany. Located in the city triangle of Worms, Mainz and Bingen, you can find the wonderful Wonnegau in the southernmost tip. Here in the Herrnsheim district of Worms, our wine and vinegar factory is set up as an “Aussiedlerhof“ (type of farm) surrounded with vineyards of the Rhine river. Today, we work with five permanent employees hundreds of meters away from the town center, embedded in a small valley where nature is still within reach. Our team is mixed. We work together as a large family, from a pensioner, who wants to earn a bit extra, to freshly trained professionals. It is very important for us to pay reasonable salaries, which is why we are always slightly above the minimum wage. That also pays off, because on average our employees stay with us for more than 5 years. In order to thank our grandfather for this agricultural opportunity and to preserve our surroundings for future generations, we work according to organic guidelines. Organic crop cultivation is more than working without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Measures such as weed regulation in the lower plant storey, natural irrigation through rain, species-rich greening, use of e.g. Algae extracts to strengthen the plant’s foliage and defenses. In contrast to the sterile monoculture, we maintain the fertility of the soil and at the same time promote a natural habitat for plants and animals by the intensive greening and spreading of organic fertilizer. The variety of plants in the lower plant storey has enough space for meadow herbs such as tansy or wild parsnips, which also benefits the world of all insects and especially bees. We like to say: “Good material grows in the field”. Due to our lower yields, the plants are not under stress and plant health increases. All of this contributes to the fact that we only have to discard very few grapes, because in good vintages over 95% of the grapes can be harvested perfectly ripe and without pests. The remaining 5% will benefit the vineyard as fertilizer again. With gentle, minimal expansion, we can produce high quality, wholesome and authentic wines and vinegars. These measures are recognised annually with numerous awards for our products. For a few years now everything has been made vegan. Histamine intolerant people find a solution with us: most of our vinegars and wines are checked for residues and such with corresponding values are offered as “histamine-free“ products. We make no difference in the production of the grapes, whether later they are used for vinegar or wine production. Quality always comes first. This means that the grapes are harvested as early as possible in the morning, sometimes well before sunrise, to protect them from the heat and sunlight during the day. They are kept covered with dry ice all the way from the vineyard to the winery. This creates a thin „steam blanket“, which also protects the grapes from oxidation. Once arrived at our place, they are left to rest for a few hours in order to gain the first flavors from the shell. Then they are pressed and prepared for fermentation in barrels as soon as possible. We then check the fermentation process to the finished wine together with our cellar master and thereby we can put our signature into the wine every year. In order to be as independent as possible from external energy sources and to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, we also rely on the sun power in the form of solar cells on our roof. Work with nature and not against it!
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Wein- und Essigmanufaktur Kaltenthaler, Worms, DE
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