16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

11. Lukas Krauß – Weingut Krauß, Pfalz

SONY DSCTwenty-eight-year-old Lukas Krauß – Der Mann mit Hut (The Man with the Hat) – is thought of as the ‘maverick’ of new generation of German winemakers. In truth, he’s just a young winemaker who does and says what he wants, although he does exhibit one or two eccentricities.

First, there’s with his almost total rejection of the Riesling grape. Then there’s the championing of varieties such as Grüner Veltliner (he even made a Gruner TBA in 2014 – possibly the only German winemaker to do so), Sylvaner, Dornfelder and Portugeiser (he makes a highly successful blend of these two grapes which he cheekily calls Pornfelder).

Then, there’s the hat thing. His predilection for headwear means he’s known as The Man in the Hat, a quirk which has inspired his very own hat-based classification system: ‘1 Hat’ is his steel-fermented and aged, entry-level wine; ‘2 Hats’ is his top level, for which the wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation and is aged in steel and/or oak.

Perhaps wine legislators in Germany could learn something from him…

Working in the non-descript suburb of Lambsheim,….

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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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