Hans-Bert Espe and Silke Wolf are two Northerners who met while studying winemaking at Geisenheim and decided to found their own estate in 2003. They made their first wines in a bunker on an abandoned Canadian airfield (hence the name) and have since built themselves a winery based on the same design. They have vineyards with old vines in the villages of Kenzingen and Malterdingen, and produce some of the best wines of the region.
Shelter is an estate just under the radar of greatness. The wines are understated, and need a couple of years in bottle to settle down – even the basic Spätburgunder. When they open up, they are seductive, balanced and pure.