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Our passion for winemaking embraces our passion for the past, the history of our winery and vineyards, and the desire to continue our rich heritage as stewards for the next generation. 

Led by a new generation of Böckings since 2012, our team represents the contemporary and the traditional.



Sigrid Zirkle Carroll


Born in the excellent wine vintage 1971 in Frankfurt, Sigrid is the daughter of Dagmar Böcking von Maltzahn and is a direct descendant of Richard Böckings; she and is the 15th generation with the Estate. After she moved to United States at age 3 her earliest memories of the vineyards had undoubtedly become a part of her. She returned regularly to Traben-Trarbach first with her parents and siblings later when she was a teenager to work summers in the vineyards. Sigrid was fascinated by the involvement of the entire community in the wine business including the retail outlets and restaurants where she also worked. Her passion never flagged and she was pulled back to the distinctive cultural landscape of the Mosel when her father assumed responsibility of the Estate in 2012.

Sigrid graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and received her M.B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary also in Virginia.




Denman Zirkle


Denman Zirkle's first memory of the Böcking winery goes back to a visit there in 1971,
the birth year of his daughter Sigrid. Sigrid's grandmother, Baroness Adelheid Böcking von Maltzahn, had grown up in Traben- Trarbach and managed the winery for a decade after she returned from the Maltzahn estate to her family home of Traben-Trarbach after the end of the Second World War.

Zirkle returned to the U.S. in 1974 to continue a professional career with I.B.M. Later,
his work took him to Franklin Templeton Investments where he was an executive in
finance and marketing. During a visit in 2011 with Ulrike Böcking, at that time the estate
manager, he became aware of the sentiment to place the winery and vineyards under
new family ownership and move forward with a new vision. In early 2014 he left his
position of executive director of a Virginia foundation to begin working directly with the
winery in Traben-Trarbach. In 2015 he was named Managing Director of the winery.
Zirkle was educated at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received the M.B.A. degree
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania..


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