Max Müller

The wine rocks here

Max Müller I wine estate

The wine rocks here

Max Müller I wine estate

USA, New Zealand, South Africa: Christian Müller has lived in many different countries. Today, the 29-year-old is sitting in the courtyard of the family vineyard in the Franconian town of Volkach, saying: "We are blessed, living here. The landscape may have been shaped over the centuries by humans, but it looks like the Garden of Eden. Just take a look around you!"

And it is true: The region around the striking path that the River Main cuts into the landscape looks extremely opulent: Vineyards rise from the banks of the Main, some mor steeply than others. Meadows and orchards sit side-by-side in the valleys. The fertility of the region between Würzburg and Schweinfurt is clear, thanks to the endless palette of green shades.

'The landscape looks like the Garden of Eden. Just take a look around you!'

Yet, this beauty was not always apparent to the son of a family of vintners. When he was young, the surroundings were old and familiar – in other words, boring. Just like the Max Müller I wine estate owned by his parents. "I was anything but the classic vintner's child who was certain to follow in his parents' footsteps. I only wanted one thing as a child: to see the world!"

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Thus, upon leaving school, Christian Müller went travelling. Of all places, it was the other side of the world – in New Zealand to be exact – where he suddenly discovered his love for wine, whilst working on a vineyard. And this passion is there for all to see today, in the form of a tattoo on the forearm of Christian Müller: "Main. Silvaner. Rockt." (Main. Silvaner. Rocks.) Silvaner is the most important vine in his Franconian homeland.

During his training in viniculture, Christian Müller discovered his own way of doing things: He is a firm believer in handling the vines with extreme care. "Humans cannot make wine. At the end of the day, it is the vineyards that make the wine. You can only make small adjustments in the wine cellar. You have to understand the vineyard and the interplay between the vines, the soil and the location, and it takes many years."

'At the end of the day, it is the vineyards that make the wine.'

It is a plea for slowing down, for mindfulness and for humility. Away from high yields, instead focusing on the undemanding traditional varieties, which you can provide with the right location and the necessary time to mature into a good wine.

One thing that you will discover at a wine-tasting in the Max Müller I wine estate will make you nod in agreement when Christian Müller says: "Silvaner was considered to be an unremarkable wine for many years. But the Silvaner is a great, extremely multi-faceted wine - you just need to know how to handle it. And we have that knowledge. After all, Franconia is Silvanerland."

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address: Hauptstraße 46, 97332 Volkach
Tel: +49 (0)93 81 1218
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Fax: +49 (0)9381 1690
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email: info@max-mueller.de
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web: //www.max-mueller.de/?lang=en