The family winery is located in the community of Büdesheim (Bingen area) in the German wine growing region of Rheinhessen. The formerly mixed agricultural operation began in the 1970s with the marketing of its own wines. In 2007 the winery moved into the new building, which won the "Best of Wine Tourism Award 2012" in the category "Architecture, Parks and Gardens". The winery in the centre of the village is run by Erik and Carolin Riffel. The vineyards comprise 16 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Bubenstück, Kirchberg and Scharlachberg (6 hectares) on the Binger Rochusberg. They are planted with the white wine varieties Riesling with 60%, Silvaner,Pinot Blanc, PinotGris, Chardonnay Gewürztraminer, Scheurebe and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the red wine varietiesPinot Noir and Merlot.
From 2009 on, the organic cultivation was carried out according to ECOVIN guidelines and as a next step from 2012 on, the conversion to Biodynamic viticulture. Special emphasis is placed on the biodiversity (species diversity) in the vineyard. The "RIFFEL pleasure pyramid" is divided into three lines: site & réserve wines, local wines and estate wines. 90% of the white wines are fermented spontaneously in stainless steel tanks with subsequent long storage on the full yeast. The RÉSERVE line is aged in . Certain Riesling wines are bottled in large bottles(magnums of 1.5 l). Around 100,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, pet nats, and grape juice are also produced. The winery is a member of the associations ECOVIN, Maxime Herkunft Rheinhessen and Vinissima.
Photos: Winery Riffel, Robert Dieth and Nils Weiler