16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

15. Tobias Knewitz – Weingut Knewitz, Rheinhessen

20151016_D4_1252_TobiasHonoured as ‘Talent of the Year’ by leading German wine magazine Falstaff in 2014, Appenheim winemaker Tobias Knewitz is also a firm favourite of German wine aficionado Stuart Pigott.

Tobias is certainly precocious. He made his first wine in 2005 at the absurdly young age of 14. Tobias’s winemaking talents also earned his first ‘Grape’ from the German Gault & Millau wine guide six years ago, when he was just 19 years old.

From 2007-10, Tobias gained experience as an apprentice at the celebrated Pfalz wineries of Philipp Kuhn and Herbert Meßmer. Then came wine studies at Geisenheim, followed by a six-month internship at Weingut Philipp Wittmann in Rheinhessen. Tobias has also completed traineeships in Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux and South Africa.

The 2010 vintage was his first in overall charge at the 20ha Weingut Knewitz, located between Appenheim and Nieder-Hilbershiem. Since then, focusing on traditional local grape varieties, principally Riesling, Weißburgunder and Silvaner, he has been making wine which reflect the origin of the grapes in their taste.

His single-vineyard Riesling from the Hundertgulden vineyard site in Appenheim could be considered his calling card. ….

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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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