16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

4. Theresa Breuer – Weingut Georg Breuer, Rheingau

SONY DSCIf Weingut Georg Breuer represents the future of German Riesling, rest assured that future is a bright one. The story behind the wine is as extraordinary as the wines themselves.

Theresa took over winemaking at the 34ha Rudesheim estate in Rheingau 12 years ago, after her winemaker father died suddenly. Then just 20 years old, Theresa essentially had to start from scratch.

She studied intensively at Geisenheim (conveniently, a short drive from her home) and working with the veteran cellar master of the estate, soon began to make Rieslings of remarkable elegance and ageability.

Theresa says that low alcohol (11-11.5% the norm for single-vineyard wines), strict control of ripeness and avoidance of botrytis-affected berries are crucial to her way of working.

Grapes are handpicked and, for the most part, wild-fermented, with large, old oak barrels used for both fermentation and ageing. The estate has been farmed organically (uncertified) since 2011 and is certified sustainable.

Theresa likes crisp, aromatic Rieslings and the family owns vineyards on some of the best local Grosse Lage (grand cru) Riesling sites: Schlossberg, Berg Rottland, Berg Roseneck….

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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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