16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

3. Susanne Winterling – Weingut Winterling, Pfalz

SONY DSCGiven that the vast majority of Germany’s new generation of winemakers are focused on Riesling, it’s refreshing to find one with a different focus. Susanne Winterling’s is Sekt.

Working with her brother, Sebastian (he’s the cellar master), in a winery started by her parent in 1982 in Niederkirchen, close to Deidesheim in the Mittelhaardt, Susanne looks after about 12 hectares of vines growing on the region’s red sandstone and clay-limestone soils.

Riesling, at 40%, represents the majority of production, followed by Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder and Chardonnay.

While Susanne produces a number of well-regarded dry still wines, including, since 2012, excellent single-vineyard Rieslings from Paradiesgarten and Ruppertsberg, it’s Sekt, or ‘crémant’, as she refers to them, that she is becoming known for.

These sparkling wines (which represents 80% of production) spend at least nine months in bottle but typically 13 months. Harvesting, as one would expect from a serious sparkling producer, is by hand and grapes go through gentle whole-bunch pressing.

Susanne uses Champagne grapes, Riesling and Gewürztraminer for her sparkling range.

Since 2008 the grapes for the Winterlings’ wines have been produced organically. The wines have been certified as such since….

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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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