16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

10. Thomas Hörner – Weingut Hörner, Pfalz

SONY DSCWeingut Hörner is managed by Thomas Hörner and his father Reinhold. The winery is located at the western outskirts oft the village Hochstadt in the south of Pfalz. Thomas operates “near to nature” using no herbicides and insecticides (“sensible without organic certification”, he says) and working mostly by hand.

Thomas took responsibility in the cellar in 2011. He also works in the vineyard. He gained his initial experience at wineries in Burgundy and Austria, before starting work in the family winery in 2010.

Thomas completed his winemaking studies in in 2014 and around the same time started the development of his distinctive product line – distinguishable by the horns of bull, ibex and ram.

The branding redesign, which is informed by Thomas’s wish to making wine more accessible (“We want to communicate that drinking wine doesn’t require any expert knowledge”) has won him two prominent corporate design awards.

The new product line was accompanied by adjustment in the vineyard as Thomas implemented a strict reduction in yields as part of his commitment to producing fruity fresh, yet concentrated….

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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!

  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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