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Margarethenhof

The winery is located in the municipality of Forst (Mittelhaardt/Deutsche Weinstraße area) in the German wine-growing region of the Palatinate. It was founded in 1950 by Günther Lucas and his mother Margareta. Today the business is managed by Franz and Elisabeth Lucas. After their training and studies, they have been supported by son Martin and daughter Yvonne since 2011, who have been taking over responsibility step by step ever since.

The vineyards cover 17 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Jesuitengarten, Musenhang, Pechstein and Ungeheuer (Forst) as well as Herrgottsacker (Deidesheim). They are planted with the white wine varieties Riesling (70%),Pinot Blanc, PinotGris, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Sauvignon Blanc, Rieslaner and Scheurebe as well as the red wine varietiesPinot Noir, Dornfelder, St. Laurent and Blauer Portugieser. Since 1999, the vineyard has been cultivated according to the guidelines of controlled environmentally friendly viticulture in Rhineland-Palatinate. The basis for this is species-rich greening, controlled fertilization with stable manure and own compost, as little pesticides as possible and the promotion of beneficial organisms. The aim is to preserve biodiversity (species diversity) and to protect the vineyard as a habitat for many plants and insects.

The product range is divided into the lines base (liter goods), core (varietal wines) and top (site wines). For the red wines, after destemming, fermentation takes place in maceration tanks with repeated crushing(pigeage). They then mature in traditional large wooden barrels and sometimes in barriques. The white wines are fermented under controlled temperature and matured in stainless steel tanks. The premium wines of the house are Rieslings from the top Forster sites Ungeheuer, Pechstein and Jesuitengarten as well as the red wine Spätburgunder SPITZE. Around 140,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. Sparkling wine, Secco, grape juice, brandy, wine jelly, kirsch and fig liqueur are also produced. The winery is a member of the associations Generation Riesling, Generation Pfalz, Winechanges and Vinissima.

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