For four generations, the Müller family produces wine in the picturesque village Volkach. A walled town with old, colorful painted houses along the river Main. The company added the I to the name, when in the early days a wine maker with the same name established himself in the same municipality.
That history is everywhere. In the cramped basement the young winemaker Christian Müller works with barrels which his grandfather decorated with his own carvings. And when he has guests around, he lit the underground areas with candles – just as it was previously.
Upstairs, in the tasting room, you should look for the details of the 400 year old building. Small windows, thick walls, creaking stairs. For the rest, the reception area is a fine example of modern decoration with soft lighting, clean lines and light wood, the Muellers say they want to keep up with modern times.
History and modernity go hand in hand. See for example the Bocksbeutel, the round flat bottle which is typical of the Franken wine region. Hopelessly outdated? Nope, with a fresh label the traditional bottle gets once the allure of whimsy.
This also applies to the wines. Take the slightly plump, creamy 2011 Katzenkopf Weissburgunder (pinot blanc) trocken or the full 2011 Ratsherr Silvaner. And Müller Christian specialty the 2011 Silvaner Eigenart, a quirky Silvaner with a bit of wood maturation.
Müller loves the classic grape varieties where his ancestors have worked with, and makes modern and vibrant wines. Silvaner, the grape of Franconia, is his favorite. See his tattoo on his left arm that says ‘Main Silvaner rocks’.