The winemakers Not only our wines have interesting stories to tell
When we – Walter Bibo and Markus Bonsels – met for the first time, we quickly realised that the chemistry between us was right. And above all, we have the same idea of what distinguishes first-class wines. We love aroma intense wines which are exellently developed and that are on the ball in every single respect. For this reason, as quality enthusiasts, we are united in the aim of continuing to pursue this path together.
Do you have a choice when you are born into a family that has been committed to wine for centuries? But even if there were a choice, Walter, born and raised in Oestrich in the immediate vicinity of Hallgarten, has stayed on his pre-destined path anyway. After completing his studies in viticulture he worked for a long time as a cellar master with Joachim Heger in Ihringen am Kaiserstuhl. He then served as Director of the Schloss Reinhartshausen winery in Eltville for ten years. And from there, he finally set out to realise his very personal ideas of a wine at the end of 2013. With the wines from BIBO RUNGE.
After working as an HR manager in global enterprises for 20 years, Monika decided to help make her husband Markus Bonsels’ dream come true. After three years in the Moselle region and one year in France, wine-related trips to Spain, Italy and California, and around all of Germany’s wine-growing regions, she is delighted that the search for a vineyard has brought her and her husband to BIBO RUNGE in the Rheingau wine region. Seminars at the German Wine Institute (DWI), in-depth talks with Walter and Markus, and experiencing the day-to-day activities of a winemaker up close serve as the basis for your work at BIBO RUNGE. Being responsible for organisation of the business, she sometimes has to chivvy the men along.
Markus grew up in the countryside, on the Lower Rhine. After studying biotechnology, he worked for some of the world's largest corporations. But he never lost sight of one question: “What else do you want to achieve in life?”. And because doing is in his nature, Markus Bonsels decided after careful consideration to quit his job and forge a new path: he studied viticulture and oenology in Montpellier, Bordeaux and Geisenheim, accompanied by internships at top winemakers in Germany and France. While in the Rheingau undertaking research for his master's thesis he got to know Walter Bibo and the wines of BIBO RUNGE. And since the tasting of the 2016 vintage in September 2017, he continued the successful history of BIBO RUNGE wines together with Walter Bibo.
Wine is a natural product and the question as to how much nature should be in a good wine is one that has to be answered by every winegrower. For every vintage, we ask ourselves: “What does a good wine need?” And we always come up with the same answer: “Good wine needs time.”
For us, this includes hand-picked grapes, so that only the best grapes are used in our wines. With very long maceration periods, we extract everything from these grapes and then press the mash gently and carefully in the basket press/ champagner press. We ferment each of our wines with natural yeasts in order to let them age as naturally as possible in oak barrels.
For us, the combination of maceration time, gentle pressing and slow ageing in wooden barrels is the foundation for top quality. That's how aromaintense wines are created that have been given time to develop themselves.
For BIBO RUNGE, the path to a good wine is through the discovery of slowness and patience – with nature and our wines for a very special pleasure.
It’s not for nothing that we are partners of Slow Food.
The coat of arms on our wines
Devil and horse:
The devil and the horse tell the story of the devil who rode through Hallgarten. When his horse loses a horseshoe, he pays the blacksmith with a pair of pliers that turns anything you touch into gold - the Hallgarten pliers (the highest mountain in Hallgarten 570m).
Freedom tree with Jacobin cap:
The first freedom tree in the Rheingau was erected in Hallgarten at the beginning of the 19th century. A freedom tree was one of the signs of protest against the social and economic grievances of the time and has been a symbol of freedom ever since. Since the revolutionaries of that time referred to the French Revolution. There, too, the trees of freedom were crowned with a Jacobin cap.
The shell adorns the Madonna sculpture in the Hallgartner church, which was built in 1417 and is known as the beautiful Hallgartner. There is even a copy in the Louvre in Paris.