A Tradition Spanning Seven Generations
A Life Filled with Wine & Family
Sites, soils and vines! Variety is certainly the spice of life for the Diels. What they do is more than just a job, it is their calling. Caroline is the seventh generation of winemaker — and first woman — at the venerable Schlossgut, having assumed the reigns together with her husband Sylvain Taurisson-Diel in July 2019.
The German/French pair are members of a new anti-elitist generation of winemakers. Family and job exist simultaneously, inseparable from each other. With that said, everyone has his or her own distinct area of responsibility. Sylvain handles sales and marketing, Caroline oversees the wine from bud to bottle. Year for year, the university-trained oenologist imbues her Rieslings and Pinots with her own personal signature — linear, mineral, shaped by terroir and authenticity.
Caroline and Sylvain, with their children
»What matters to me is capturing the voice of each vineyard and vintage in every wine.«
Caroline Diel with her father Armin Diel
An Amazing Wine Story
When Peter Diel acquired the country estate of Baron von Dalberg in 1802, including Burg Layen, no one could have predicted just how successful the new business would be — for over two hundred years and counting. Diel began a long transition of the Schlossgut from a classic mixed farm — that is, an agricultural estate that happened to also make wine — into a pure winegrowing estate.
The sixth generation — under the management of Armin and Monika Diel — reoriented the estate's vineyards toward varieties that are now considered quintessentially Nahe: Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Their ascension paralleled the estate’s own rise into the ranks of Germany’s finest wine producers!
Today, Armin Diel is underway in the world of culinary wine tours. More about this at:
What producers are saying
François and Pierre Huré are drinking DIEL
»We want to express through our champagnes from the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, the richness and structure of Pinot Noir and Meunier on cool soils!«
»We love the elegance, finesse and straightforwardness of Caroline's Pinot Noir. Freshness, maturity and animating: a Pinot in a class of its own.«
Caroline & Sylvain
A new, anti-elite generation of winegrower
Wine is our life!
There Caroline learned that wine ran not only in her veins, but in her heart as well. She arranged a new set of internships, with a redefined geographical and thematic focus.
Prize-winning winemaker and mother of three
»We want to be intimately involved with all aspects of wine production. And we love the close discussions with customers and connoisseurs alike. The results speak for themselves...«
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