16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

12. Johannes Jülg – Weingut Jülg, Pfalz

SONY DSCUnlike many of his peers, 29-year-old Johannes Jülg did not study winemaking at Geisenheim, but instead sought hands-on experience through an impressive range of internships at wineries in Germany and beyond.

His CV suggests his wines are worth trying: Weingut Emrich Schönlebe in Nahe, Klaus-Peter Keller in Rheinhessen, Jean Stodden in the Ahr, Clemens Busch in the Mosel and Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis to name but a few.

Riesling and Spatburgunder are his calling cards, but he makes a huge range of wines – more than 30 bottlings all told, all of them dry in style.

The 19ha Jülg estate, planted predominantly with Riesling and Burgundy varieties, is in conversion to organic viticulture. Exports account for around 10% of production: 5% to the US; 5% to the UK (through Howard Ripley).

The oldest son of three is the third generation of winemaker at his family winery in Schweigen-Rechtenbach, close to the border with Alsace (40% of the family’s vineyards are actually on the French side, in Wissembourg, meaning they have to pass through border control when moving to….

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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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