16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

13. Juliane Eller – Juwel Weine, Rheinhessen

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 11.15.42Juliane Eller, 26, is becoming something of a poster girl for Generation Riesling – she even had a spread in the German edition of Grazia devoted to her last year.

More pertinently, Eller was awarded her a ‘Grape’ from the Gault & Millau German wine guide for her very first vintage.

A third-generation winemaker at her family’s winery in Alsheim, Juliane was responsible for switching the estate’s focus from producing wine to sell on to big companies to producing estate wine to sell under her own label: Juwel Wines (a combination of her first name JUliane, and surname ELler, with the middle ‘W’ standing for wine).

Juliane studied viticulture and oenology at Geisenheim and has gained invaluable experience at Weignut Keller, in Flörsheim-Dalsheim, and Weingut Bischel in the increasingly trendy region of Appenheim.

Juliane is moving the winery in the direction of organics and produces only dry wines, favouring spontaneous fermentation and stainless steel for fermentation and ageing. Our her Alsheim Spätburgunder uses oak – in 500l barrels from Cognac cooperage Seguin Moreau.

Juliane produces four basic wines – a Riesling, Weißburgunder, Grauburgunder….

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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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