16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

5. Yvonne (and Martin) Lucas – Weingut Margarethenhof, Pfalz

SONY DSCBrother and sister team Martin, 28, and Yvonne, 29, look after their family winery, Weingut Margarethenhof, in Forst in the Pfalz region. Both Martin and Yvonne work in the cellar; otherwise Martin looks after the 17ha of vineyards and Yvonne concentrates on the sales side of the business.

Like many of the junge winzer, Yvonne has garnered invaluable experience form wineries abroad, including in California, Northern Italy (Alto Adige) and New Zealand.

Margarethenhof’s already well established reputation is based on its Riesling vineyards in Musenhang, Ungeheuer, Pechstein and Jesuitengarten – four of the most prized in the region – on the slopes that gently rise to the border of the Haardt forest on the western side of the village.

From these vineyards the Lucases produce Rieslings of real precision and clarity, with an emphasis on the vineyard – as Yvonne says, “we try to show the character of the vineyards as much as we can” – and harvesting top-quality grapes rather than interventions in the cellar.

Having taken over the winery from their mother and father around 2010-11, the pair have….

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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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