Bassermann-Jordan, with origins going back to 1718, is one of the leading producers of Germany’s Pfalz (or Palatinate) region, based in Deidesheim, with excellent vineyard holdings there and in the neighbouring villages of Forst, Ruppertsberg, Wachenheim, Königsbach and Niederkirchen.
The Reiterpfad vineyard is 86ha, of which about 4ha -- with south-eastern exposure -- is owned by Bassermann-Jordan. The name Rider’s Path almost certainly indicates the land was crossed by mounted troops, traders and travellers, probably as far back as Roman times. The soil is sandy loam with deposits of both sandstone and limestone. The Riesling vines are organically grown.
Reiterpfad Riesling has fine fruit and minerality. The grapes are hand-picked before fermentation in stainless steel containers. The nose typically has floral notes and exotic fruit flavours. The palate indicates a balanced wine with a fine sweetness-acid ratio and typical Riesling minerality. The aging potential Reiterpfad is 10 years.
Bassermann-Jordan’s vineayards include some of the most notable winegrowing sites in the Pfalz. Covering more than 49 ha, their vineyard locations in Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg include 20 different single vineyard sites. A third of these vineyards are classified Grand Cru such as Hohenmorgen, Pechstein, and Jesuitengarten. These vineyards are organically farmed and winemaker Ulrich Mell focuses on spontaneous fermentation without artificial additives prior to lees ageing.
In 1718, Pierre Jordan purchased the family's first vineyards in Pfalz. 65 years later, Johann-Peter Jordan built the winery in Deidesheim. Quality is a Jordan family tradition. Around 1800, Andreas Jordan was a part of the avant-garde of growers changed the face of viticulture in the Pfalz by planting single varieties by the vineyard. He was also one of the first winemakers to vinify each vineyard separately. Later, in 1883, marriage between the Bassermann and Jordan families. Today, the estate is owned by the Niederberger family who took ownership after the remaining Bassermann-Jordan heirs resolved to sell. Since 2002, winemaker Ulrich Mell has been committed to honouring the Bassermann-Jordan pursuit of quality in the Pfalz.