Earlier this year, I promised to visit the site where Liebfraumilch originated. I went to Worms, Germany, in June, and walked from the railway station to the famous vineyard, the Kirchenstück, in the north of town.
To be quite frank, it was rather a disappointment… The vineyard is situated in a half residential, half industrial area, and does not look very nice when coming from the centre of town.
Luckily, the old Liebfrauenstift is still there.
You can not taste or buy the wines of this plot anywhere near the vineyard. I walked all around one part of the plot, but went back to town disappointed.
I knew however that in town, on the Weckerlingplatz, you can find the cellars of P.J. Valckenberg, which owns the Weingut Liebfrauenstift. And finally, there I could buy a bottle of the 2012 equivalent of the old Liebfraumilch.
I was handed a Riesling of Gutsweine quality, a wine of basic quality.
I later realized should have asked for the Lagewein, a wine especially from the famous Kirchenstück, but I was too relieved to have found the shop that I did not pay enough attention to what I bought.
A few days back, we tasted this Riesling 2011, which was very young and fresh, lively and pleasant. Not a disappointing bottle at all. But next time, I will have to buy the real thing….