A family estate since 1744 - at present run in the 9th generation - our estate is considered to be one of the most traditional wineries in the region. With an average of 12 employees and several seasonal workers we currently produce top wines of international ranking on our 21 hectares of vineyards. Numerous awards identify us as one of the best wineries in Germany. Our estate is Bio-certified and a member of the German wine growers association for quality wine (VDP).
Nestled on the edge of the Palatinate forest and seen from afar, the Haardt Castle overlooks Haardt, one of the nine wine villages of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. At its foot lies the Manor House, right in the centre of Haardt. Built in the 18 century, the manor was expanded in the neo-classical style around 1890.
We warmly invite you to visit us here and become acquainted with the Müller-Catoir wines in the elegant historical atmosphere of our wine-tasting rooms.
We invest a lot of time in our wines: think of the numerous tasks associated with the rhythm of the seasons that are carefully done in the vineyards by hand, followed by the selective harvesting by hand, the slow fermentation and careful maturing in the cellar and, finally, waiting as long as possible for the filling process.
That's how the wines, made 100% from the harvest of our own vineyards, are created in the Müller-Catoir style: highly refined, with notes of minerality, elegant and uncompromisingly unique.
The Müller-Catoir winery has been a family-owned business since 1744. Now in the ninth generation, this longstanding tradition is a continual commitment and challenge for us. It entails carefully steering the development of the business and being open to new methods without infringing on the old established ways.
Our commitment to being as careful as possible with the natural conditions of our area goes without saying.
The name Müller-Catoir combines the typical Palatinate straightforwardness with a spirit of pioneering and non-conformity. This combination has been the driving force behind the winery for decades, and is being practiced today in the form of a collaboration between the current owner, Philipp David Catoir, and the Operations Manager and Winemaker Martin Franzen.
Facts & Figures
Founding year: 1744 Founder: Johann Wilhelm Catoir Generation: 9th Owner: Philipp David Catoir Winemaker: Martin Franzen Viticulturist: Martin Franzen Vineyard surface area: 25 hectares Varieties: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Scheurebe, Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Rieslaner Wine types: 90% white wine, 6% red wine, 4% rosé wine Soil: Haardt sandstone, loam, loess, gravel, shell limestone Annual production: 160.000 bottles Membership: Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates (VDP) Vineyard management: EU-organic
The vineyards of Müller-Catoir are located exclusively on the Mittelhaardt within the boundaries of Haardt, Gimmeldingen and Mußbach, districts of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse.
70 % of the vineyard area is situated on the hillside, 30 % in the valley. The individual site names are: Bürgergarten, Herrenletten, Herzog, Mandelring, Mandelgarten, Schlössel and Vogelsang. All the estate´s single sites are classified by the VDP. The wines grow on various soils: from colored sandstone and heavy loam to loess and shell limestone and up to loamy gravel.
The Estate Wines with the striking MC label are the introduction into the Müller-Catoir style: intricacy, elegance and directness, combined with a mineral freshness and a clean fruity note, characterise these wines. The basic wines generally come from the younger vines of the Müller-Catoir vineyards and don´t display site names on their labels.
The Village Wines in the Kabinett style are the classics at Müller-Catoir: playful wines, lively, fresh and not too heavy. They are versatile wines that can be combined with a variety of foods and are certain to be still very enjoyable after four to five years. Typical for the villages, they display the clearly distinctive characteristics respective to the vineyard locations in Haardt, Gimmeldingen and Mussbach.
The Single Site Wines of the Terroir series come from the primary rock soil at the edge of the Haardt hills, from areas that have been used for producing wine for centuries. The Terroir wines are clearly influenced by the various soil compositions and the microclimatic conditions of the respective areas. These wines are produced for their preservability and maturing potential and get their power from the sparse harvest of older vines.
With the noble sweet specialties of the Cult series, the varietal character stands out. Their origin is hardly controllable, but depends almost totally on the natural conditions of the respective year. Depending on the weather conditions and ripening process, quality wines such as Auslese, Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese are made from Riesling, Scheurebe and Rieslaner grapes, varieties Müller-Catoir traditionally uses for noble sweet wines. A complex process is needed to harvest the dried berries. The reward for the effort is crystal clear, elegant sweet wines with a perfect acid balance and tremendous maturing potential – true essences of the grape varieties.