16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

2. Johannes Sinß – Weingut Sinß, Nahe

SONY DSCOne of the standouts from Stuart Pigott’s Generation Riesling seminar, 29-year-old Johannes Sinß from Windersheim in Nahe made his first vintage in 2010 and, according to Pigott, has been getting better every year since then.

Working from a 12ha family estate, organic from the 2016 vintage, Johannes represents the continuation of 200 years of family winemaking history. About 90% of the wine he makes is from Riesling and Burgundy varieties, with some Scheurebe and Muller-Thurgau on top.

The Sinß vineyards are in a relatively cool area along a valley side of Nahe around Hünsruck. The winery is gravity-fed in order to optimise grape quality and 60-65% of production undergoes wild fermentation.

Johannes says he aims to make ‘authentic’ wines expressing the place where the grapes were grown and his wines are clearly characterised by elegance, mineral intensity and powerful structure.

“Every vineyard has its own personality so you have to try to make these vineyards better known,” he says. There are five vineyard sites and he makes two single vineyard bottlings: Römerberg (red sandstone for Riesling) and Rosenberg (for Spätburgunder).

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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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