Philip Lardot, (Dutch!) produces his wines on the steep hills of the Moselle region in Germany, with spectacular views. That is not easy, because most vineyards are so steep that it takes a lot of labor and money to produce wines here. For this reason, many of the vineyards around the Moselle have been abandoned for decades and weeds and trees have taken over the plots.
Philip has worked for years with Ulli Stein, one of the rebellious winemakers in the area who started making his wines on these abandoned plots and brought the vineyards back to life. Most of its vines are between 50 and 80 years old, and therefore 90% of the vines are not grafted. That's unique!
Philip Lardot, a young Dutch/Finnish winemaker. After several years working all over the world, New Zealand, Australia and France, he decided to look for a place to stay and make wine. His thoughts were focused on the Loire, but after another harvest in the Moselle with Clemens Busch, Lardot fell in love with this area. After six months he met Ulli Stein, who was looking for an apprentice, a helpful winemaker who could one day take over his precious winery. And so it started.
Philip now owns his own plots of vines in the area, producing Pinot Noir, 4 different Rieslings, Pinot Gris with skin contact and Muller Thurgau. And he doesn't sit still, last year he managed quite a few vineyards recovered so the future looks bright!