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"Our wine tells of heat, cold, storm and rain, of nature and of the people who are involved in its creation."

Winery & impressions

Winemaking has fused our family together for generations. In the past, our ancestors devoted themselves to the characteristics and particularities of the Freinsheim soils with great love and patience. Our vines and the wine are our great passion!

Our team

"Our wine tells of heat, cold, storm and rain, of nature and of the people who are involved in its creation."

The team

Here everything revolves around wine, 365 days a year! In the process, each team member contributes their own individual passion with their character and work ethic. Who are the people in our team who determinedly meet the challenges of a wine year every day?


"16 hectares and no hocus-pocus. Put simply, we want to make wines that taste great and tell their story, with due respect for nature"

KREBS cuvées: Our cuvées stand for simple and unsophisticated enjoyment. Perfect balancing of the grape varieties makes the wines distinctively harmonious.

Estate wines: The fruity and animated charm of our estate wines always leaves you wanting a refill, while making them the ideal wine for any time of day or social occasion.

Local wines: The combination of typical Palatine variety and the soil quality of Freinsheim come together to create local wines of outstanding character.

Erste Lage (denoting wines from top-class locations): Our wines in this category come from the best vineyards in and around Freinsheim, all of which reflect the richness of the local soil.

Best-location and reserve wines: Outstanding growing conditions and a corresponding micro-climate form the basis of these top-of-the-list items in our collection. These wines are characterised by their subtle aromas and great ageing potential.

Home turf

The geology of Freinsheim in Germany’s Rhineland Palatinate region, and that of its surrounding villages, has formed a veritable potpourri of different soils. Sand, gravel, clay, limestone and the wind-blown sediment known as loess all contribute to the range of soils in which our numerous varieties of grape thrive and ripen to give our wines their individual character. Our list of vineyards includes:


loamy sand soil with a gritty texture


soil characterised by its sand content, with some clay and a gritty texture


tertiary limestone soil containing loess and loam


weathered, tertiary limestone soil with traces of loess and sandy clay


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"Praise and criticism – both inspire and spur us on time and again. Read what others think about us and our products here."

Gault&Millau – 2 grapes
(…) "My wines don't give you an extreme explosion of fruit. I'm not even aiming at a primarily fruity taste. Rather, I am looking for a mineral quality which still lingers as an after-taste", Krebs explains. He considers his Freinsheimer Sauvignon Blanc to be a perfect example – "With this wine, your first impression is that it's a classic wine, not especially expressive. But once it's been in your mouth for a minute or so, you experience a real sense of power." Not complicated, yet nevertheless with character, that's how Krebs describes his wines, (…).

Vinum – 3 stars
With Jürgen Krebs, you get a really strong sense that winemaking is very close to his heart. He becomes unbelievably emotional when he talks about his wines, and presents each one of them with a huge amount of pride. He has also achieved a lot in the past few years, as can be clearly seen when you take a look back, whereby the years spent in the VDP top talent programme were probably just as important in terms of motivation as the feeling of solidarity among the new generation of Freinsheim winemakers. A man who pretty much secretly cashed in his savings account at the building society in order to buy a vineyard, he is clearly keen to show what he can do. And Jürgen Krebs has made great progress. Not only have his Riesling wines become very, very good; he also understands how to work with wood. This is demonstrated in white by an outstanding Viognier, which also has the benefit of not having too high an alcohol content, and in red by a fine Portugieser with real depth. (…)

Eichelmann – 2.5 stars
Once again this year, Jürgen Krebs' red wines bear witness to the capable, well-measured use of wood; up at the top are the two pinot noirs which still show evidence of slightly youthful tannins – the Musikantenbuckel is the finer and more elegant of the two wines, (…) the "Gross" is somewhat more powerful with a herbal, spicy aroma. Among the Rieslings, the Himmelreich is the more complex and elegant; it develops fine, long-lasting pressure and has a discreet woody flavour, whereas the "Gross" is a straightforward wine, with highly animating citrus notes and is slightly salty, (…). The Viognier is highly complex, with an aromatic bouquet; it is very fruity with notes of roasted hazelnuts and has a juicy flavour and good length.

Falstaff – 3 stars
Jürgen Krebs' speciality is the enormously expressive "Reserve" of the Viognier, which will no doubt be making some of the Rhône winemakers break out into a sweat with fear and envy. But to reduce this Freinsheim winemaker to this rare speciality would not be doing him justice at all. At the end of the day, Krebs presses Rieslings, pinot blancs and pinot noirs which are right up there with the best in the region. You can get the impression that Jürgen Krebs likes to give his wines a little more density and expression as each year goes by. (…)

8. FOCUS Wine Test – 1st place with the 2016 Freinsheimer Musikantenbuckel pinot noir
(…) In the supreme discipline in the FOCUS Test, the tasting of the best pinot noir (from 15 euros), it was a very close-run race; with the very highest standards, it became a matter of tenths of a point. The winner, with a narrow margin, was the Krebs wine estate in Freinsheim in the Palatinate region. "Champions League", "magnificent" and "better than in Burgundy" – the verdicts on the red wine entries were full of enthusiasm. Peter Frühsammer from "Frühsammers" in Berlin was brimming with praise – "I have never seen so many world-class pinot noirs standing together in a row."

Gault&Millau – 2 grapes
Krebs knows very well which varieties of grape will do well in any given location. Proof of this can be seen in the Viognier from his top-of-the-list range from the very best areas. It is grown in Freinsheim in an area known as the "Musikantenbuckel" on a clay soil which also contains quartz and sand. (...) Providing a great contrast to the wines which arrive here from the south of France, but occupying just as high a position, are his clearly distinguishable Riesling wines. The Riesling from his very best site, the "Herxheimer Himmelreich", grows on weathered limestone soil – a part of the harvest is vinified in 600-litre barrels, the remainder in stainless steel containers. (...)

Falstaff Wine Guide
With Jürgen Krebs, you get the impression that things are getting better and better every year. The 2016 white wines which we tasted and the red wines from the two previous years have a beautiful clarity and appetising proportions, (...) Yet what we particularly like is the fact that Krebs doesn't just score points with his multi-layered top location Riesling from the Freinsheimer Oschelskopf, but also with his 2015 standard Pinot noir – the genre of "Pinot for everyday needs" is a rather tricky stylistic exercise – Krebs shows his maturity by mastering it with distinction.

Eichelmann - 2.5 stars:
Many great wines head up the current collection – whereas last year we considered the two Pinot noirs "Gross" and "Musikantenbuckel" to be on a par, this time around we feel the "Musikantenbuckel" has a slight edge; it is the more elegant of the two wines and has a longer lasting taste; it displays fine red fruit, has a subtle roasted aroma and possesses tannins that are still young yet ripe, a good structure and a long finish, (...) The three top location Rieslings possess a good level of concentration, life and vigour; the "Himmelreich" is complex, sustained, animating with a salty and mineral taste, has a good deal of intensity and a long finish; the "Gross" has a wonderfully fruity accent; the "Honigsack" is a totally straightforward wine, punchy with a stony and mineral spiciness.

VINUM German Red Wine Prize 2017 - 2nd place with our 2015 Pinot noir Freinsheimer Musikantenbuckel:
A few years ago, Jürgen Krebs was the winner; this time he did well enough to at least make it onto the podium with a well-balanced burgundy with a fruits-of-the-forest aroma, a youthful spirit and a lovely long finish.

VINUM Wine Guide - 2.5 stars:
(...) The wines are all wonderfully dry, which may perhaps make them sometimes seem a little reserved in their youth, yet they hold great potential for the future. Jürgen Krebs works a lot with wood and does this in various different combinations of large wooden barrels, "Halbstück" (half pieces), and new and second-use barriques. With marvellous results with the "Honigsack" Riesling and in particular with the "Himmelreich". The Viognier proves to be a juicy wine with a lot of structure. (...)

Gault&Millau – 2 grapes
Jürgen Krebs is proud of his vineyards, and invests maximum effort in matching the right kind of soil to the aroma potential of each grape variety. This manifests itself, for example, in a comparison between the two Rieslings known as Great and Honigsack respectively; one is lingering, powerful and yet smooth on the palate, while the other is differentiated and slightly Spartan, with a touch of mineral aroma. The same applies to the interaction of the Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) varieties of Great and Musikantenbuckel. (…)

Falstaff Wine Guide:
Jürgen Krebs has managed to make his wines reflect the diversity of soil-types found in Herxheim and Freinsheim. They nevertheless also come with his own personal stamp, albeit applied with a force that respects a sense of proportion. They solidly reflect the craftsman’s skill; a skill that grows with experience. (…)

Eichelmann – 2.5 stars:
Harald and Jürgen Krebs have once again come to this year’s event with a consistent collection containing some top wines. Particularly strong highlights include the two Herxheim Rieslings: Honigsack, which leaves a powerful impression with its straightforward and long-lasting character, and Himmelreich, with its fine woody flavour, outstanding fruity notes and complex, stimulating character. Krebs comes to the 2013 event with the complexly structured Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) character of his Musikantenbuckel, along with a second outstanding Pinot, (…) known as Great which could not be more different from Musikantenbuckel in terms of structure and lingering finish.

Focus online
A strong personality, wines with a strong character, made with a whoooole lot of passion. Yay! He is a real character, this guy who is wreaking havoc right next to the historical gates of the idyllic wine-growing town of Freinsheim. Incredibly down-to-earth, brutally honest, his enthusiasm for life radiates out to everyone around him. Jürgen Krebs doesn't fit into any of the usual pigeon holes. He wouldn't fit anyway at a height of six foot three, and you'd never be able to keep him in. His wines are a bit like him. Expressive, lively and with a whole lot of character. You will never get a sense of brute force from his wines, but rather one of gentleness and patience. His character and his unmistakable passion for his work must have been passed on to him when he was still a baby in the cradle. His inspiration and the sensitivity he shows for the craft of wine-making were ripened off by a period at the VDP giants Knipser and Kuhn. He likes to call the process he went through there "Laumersheim brainwashing".

His wines tell a story. Since 2008 he has regularly brought his products onto the world stage showing a great deal of love for the wines, but without pushing himself into the limelight. At the end of the day it's the wine that should be the focus of attention. All his wines win people over with their power, their density and the stories they tell. They tell tales of heat, cold, storms and rain, of nature and of the people who have been involved in their creation. The greater part of his 16 hectares of vineyards are located in areas which are renowned worldwide – Freinsheimer Musikantenbuckel and Oschelskopf as well as Herxheimer Honigsack. The soil is characterised by loess, clay, sand and lime. He tends to his vines with great care and attention. At the end of the day, hard pruning, intensive foliage trimming, strict monitoring of yields, intensive selection and an experienced eye for our own vines are all vital to achieve the high quality standards he sets.

An experience in taste. I was particularly impressed by the 2015 Freinsheimer Oschelskopf Riesling auf dem mittleren Gross dry, which has a charming and subtly fruity bouquet. A trace of honeydew melon coupled with pineapple and orange blossom fills your palate with a full-bodied taste and gives you just a little taste of the 7.5 % acidity, with a residual sugar content of only 1.0 g, before the taste of white currants brings a sense of harmony to the fore. Another absolutely essential pleasure - 2015 Herxheimer Honigsack Riesling dry, which immediately enriches your senses with a spicy mineral aroma, adding a juicy fruitiness from Mirabelle plums and yellow apples. The initial taste on your palate is one of delicacy with its juicy ripe fruits, but then the 8 g/l acidity and the residual sugar content of 1.0 g come into play.

Nature at the focus of their way of doing business. The Krebs family's passion for tending their vines goes back generations. They are continuing their almost 100-year old history with their mission of creating a balance between tradition and the contemporary world. You won't find any attempts at creating a sensation or any marketing trends at the focus of their business, but rather the skills of the trade and a cautious and gentle way of dealing with nature. In Jürgen Krebs' opinion, the world is already hectic enough as it is. He wants to give his wines the time they need to mature. The wine cellar is the place where the wines are created and where they mature. This is where the wines get the time they need for their personalities to unfold and be expressed to the full.

Living cultural heritage. The interaction of experience and innovation allows wines to be created which – with their unmistakeable complexity – reflect the microclimate and the soil of the Freinsheim wine region. Jürgen Krebs is thereby going way beyond the realms of today's high-tech products to create an unmistakeable and living piece of cultural heritage.