16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

14. Dennis Wolf – Maison Saint-Loup, Pfalz

IMG-20160706-WA0001A bit of a wild card entry compared with the preceding, 25-year-old Geisenheim graduate Dennis Wolf does not run his own winery – not yet at least.

His father, Kurt, owns the eponymous Weingut Kurt Wolf in Grosskarbach, in Bad Durkheim. While Dennis is involved with decisions concerning winemaking and vineyard acquisition, he has chosen a less trodden path to market himself and his winemaking talents.

At the moment he makes just one wine, called Maison Saint-Loup, a Grosses Gewächs oaked Riesling from a tiny plot neighbouring the Knipsers and Philipp Kuhn.

Following graduation and internships with such respected producers as Dageneau in the Loire, Ostertag in Alsace and Keller in Rheinhessen, Dennis was invited to choose a parcel of vines from which to amek a wine by his father. He chose a 0.16ha plot from the GG Laumersheimer Kirschgarten from which to make a single-vineyard Riesling – something his father has never done.

His 2014 was made using a 9/10yo 225l former Savignin barrel from Les Chais du Vieux Bourg in Jura; his 2015 this time aged Stockinger demi-muid donated by Dageneau, is being kept in barrel….

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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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