Louis Liesch Bioweinbau

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Falstaff Wineguide Switzerland 2022

Falstaff Wineguide Switzerland 2022

In their own words

The pioneer of organic wine

«I love to work in the vines», said Louis Liesch. He was the pioneer in organic viticulture in the Bündner Herrschaft.
Of course, he too had started conventionally, as was customary in the 1950s. Louis Liesch helped his father, who carried out specific vineyard work for various farming families in Malans and also cultivated his own vineyard. In 1953 he attended the first part-time viticulture course in Wädenswil; it was the very first training course for winemakers in German-speaking Switzerland.

Louis Liesch later worked as a vine master for the von Tscharner family in Chur. In 1957 the young winemaker switched to the canton police. When in 1971 he received the offer to tend the vineyards of the Cottinelli wine house in Malans, he exchanged his official's uniform for the pruning shears. Over time, Louis Liesch was able to lease various vineyards. In 1982 he first bottled wine under his own name.

Louis Liesch has been processing his vines and grapes purely organically for 30 years and biodynamically for 25 years. With the Bio Swiss bud and the Demeter label. It was his wife who had urged him to do it. "As the mother of four children, the use of poison in the production of food was always a thorn in my side," says Margrit Liesch.

In 2014 the wine magazine “Vinum” named Louis Liesch “Swiss organic winemaker of the year”.

DETAILS

  • Contact Person: Louis-Heinz Liesch
  • Winemaker: Louis-Heinz Liesch
  • Production Style: Bio-Dynamic
  • Cultivation Area in Hectares: 2

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