16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

9. Andi Schneider – Weingut Schneider, Nahe

SONY DSCAged 35, Andi Schneider is a Riesling specialist – the grape accounts for around two-thirds of his production – making intense, mineral wines expressing the many different soil types of the Nahe.

Working with 13.5ha with an annual production of around 70,000 bottles, he makes one estate Riesling, three ‘village’ level wines (two Riesling, one Sauvignon Blanc) and three single-vineyard Rieslings. Most of his wine is sold in Germany, but he does export around 15% of his wine to Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, the US and China.

His three single-vineyard Rieslings, all made using 100% wild ferment, are from grapes grown on the slate and quartzite soil of Domberg, the basalt rock of the unofficial ‘grand cru’ of Felsenberg and the red clay of Marbach.

Having gained experience in New Zealand at Montana in Marlborough, he made his first vintage in 2007. But it is in the last two or three years that he has begun to receive serious critical attention in Germany – most notably winning the Vinum Riesling Championship in 2014, which effectively acknowledged his Riesling as the best in….

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7 Responses to “16 German winemakers to watch”

  1. Dear Darren, “16 German winemakers to watch” – and None of them from Franconia. What about the famous Franconian VDP-vintners, who produce wonderful Riesling (and in fact, not less wonderful Silvaner? Please, I’m waiting for the next article: “16 German winemakers to buy”.

  2. Frank Schulz says:

    Thanks for sharing your findings, Darren! It’s fun to work with http://www.generation-riesling.de (.com). More background information regarding “Positive Marketing from Wines of Germany” http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2016/06/28/positive-marketing-from-the-other-dwi-deutsches-weininstitut-wines-of-germany/#78b8eb723571

  3. Leigh W Dryden says:

    Not only Franken but Rheinhessen as well as notable young Franken wine makers like Andi Weigand and Rhiehessen rising starts like Lisa Bunn and Juliane Eller have all been missed nbnot to mention a whole rnage of new wine guns in Baden, there are a whole lot more than just 15 qwe should be watching as this is a generational up swing for German wines and wine making.

  4. Leigh W Dryden says:

    My apologies as both Lisa and Juliane are here which is great to see, missed these when scrolling through the insight- great to see as these two are personal favourites and we are about to launch both of their wines in Australia in September so I will keep you posted to see how we go with presneting this new and exciting face of German wine. Cheers Leigh

  5. Monsier Loup says:

    Hi Darren,
    Great Selection of fantastic very motivated young winemakers. I like the fact that most of them learned their craft from iconic KP Keller. His winery and his dinners are for sure a good place to be as a young winemaker to experience great wine and not only Reisling!
    Good Luck to everybody of them and hope to see a few more of them at Londons Indepedents!
    Best,

  6. Pfalzwein says:

    really nice selection indeed. Good to see so much talent preparing the German Wine Industry for an international future.

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