Born on Christmas Eve in 1989, Julia grew up in Dernau in the German wine region of the Ahr – one of the smallest and most northerly regions of Germany’s 13 official wine regions.
Wine was always a part of Julia’s life – Her family has grown and produced wine in the Ahr Valley for more than a century. She interned at the nearby Meyer-Näkel estate after graduating high school and went on to study viticulture and oenology at the acclaimed Geisenheim Institute in the Rheingau region. Soon after receiving her degree, Julia was elected the 64th German Wine Queen, serving as international ambassador for the German Wine Institute from 2012-2013 (Fun fact: Julia’s grandmother Rosemarie was elected Dernau’s wine queen in 1959!).
She then returned to the family business as the fifth generation to lead the estate, producing her first line of wines in 2014, taking over the estate from her mother and aunt in 2017, and switching to organic viticulture in 2019.
Julia’s parents and aunt continue to support the business, joined by Julia’s husband, Benedikt Baltes. Benedikt is also a winemaker from the Ahr with a similar passion for Pinot Noir. He currently splits his time between the Julia Bertram estate and Weingut Steintal – formerly Stadt Klingenberg – in Franken.
With Benedikt joining the Bertram family estate, Weingut Julia Bertram is officially changing the name to Weingut Bertram-Baltes as of March 2020.