16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

16. Christiane Koebernik – Weingut Emmerich-Koebernik, Nahe

Winzerin2 (2)Weingut Emmerich-Koebernik is a winery where tradition meets modernity – a family-owned business of which Christiane is a ninth-generation winemaker. Historical records show that viniculture has been practiced on the estate since 1730.

Occupying 14ha in Waldböckelheim in the Nahe region, comprising a multitude of terroirs, from volcanic rock to loamy silt, limestone and loess, the estate focuses predominantly on Riesling and Burgundy varieties along with Silvaner and Scheurebe.

Twenty-nine-year-old Christiane’s aim, unsurprisingly, is to express the local terroir through her wines. She studied international wine business at Geisenheim, working for six months for TerraMater in Chile. She has been working in the winery since 2012.

Christiane produces two ranges: the family’s Emmerich-Koebernik range and her own ‘Bock auf Wein’ range, including a Riesling, a Grauburgunder/Weißburgunder blend and a Silvaner.

A keen hunter, Christiane felt this was a good reflection of her and her approach to wine: ‘Bock auf Wein’ is a pun: ‘Bock auf…’ means ‘I feel like…’ in German and ‘Bock’ is the German word for roe deer (as in ‘roebuck’), reflecting her love of nature and hunting. Her wines, she says, are “wild,….

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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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