Create Your Very Own Wine Tradition In The Heart Of The Palatinate
The wineBANK Palatinate located in the historic Rettinger House dating back to 1618 offers you a golden opportunity to do just this. Our Private Members’ Club can be found directly between Wachenheim Castle and the most famous butcher’s shop for Helmut Kohl’s favourite dish „Saumagen“.
I was destined to love wine and this love began at a very early age. My grandfather was a cellar master and during the school holidays I earned some pocket money in the vineyards. But up until the founding of the wineBANK, the world of wine remained just one of my hobbies. For the last decades I had dedicated my professional career to banking and finance. Prior to deciding to open a wineBANK with my partners, I was Deputy Board Member of the Rhein-Haardt Savings Bank.
So, for me, the wineBANK is the perfect way to merging my professional past with my personal passion for wine.
Come and discover our very own world of wine in one of the most unusual and historic vaulted cellars in the Palatinate. We look forward to welcoming you!
Your Host in the wineBANK Palatinate
Christian König, Managing Director and Club Manager
From Deputy Savings Bank Board Member to wineBANK –Christian König is and remains a passionate banker at heart. He passed through several stations along his professional path before joining the Board of the Rhein-Haardt Savings Bank. In 2014 he decided to retire from this kind of banking in order to embark on a second „career path“: the one leading to his position as Managing Director and Club Manager of the wineBANK Palatinate.
His love of wine began at a very early age. At home with his parents in Haardt (a suburb of Neustadt on the Wine Route), he learned how to run a vineyard from the pruning of the vines right up to the harvesting of the grapes. The school holidays always saw him helping out in various vineyards when he took part in the grape harvests and worked in several wine cellars. Another advantage was the fact that his grandfather, a cellar master, supported him by passing on useful tips from the business.
And by attending seminars and training courses on sensor technology, he was able to complement his practical knowledge with the necessary theory. Such expertise also helped him in his capacity as the long-term Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a major Palatinate wine-makers’ cooperative.
Today König is a Member of the Order of the Palatinate Wine Fraternity. It is this fraternity’s aim to serve the best interests of wine’s cultural heritage. As indeed is the similar aim of the wineBANK. On that note, König is looking forward to spending a thrilling time of sheer delight with you in the wineBANK Palatinate.