16 German winemakers to watch

11th July, 2016 by Darren Smith

6. Lisa Bunn – Weingut Lisa Bunn, Rheinhessen

SONY DSCFormer Rheinhessen Wine Queen Lisa Bunn is based in Nierstein, with 10ha of vineyards on the bank of the Rhine river in Nierstein (red clay), Dienheim (limestone and sand) and Guntersblum (loess). Lisa is the fourth generation of a family winemaking business.

The winery used to be called Weingut Margarethenhof (nothing to do with the Lucases winery in Forst) until Geisenheim graduate Lisa took centre stage in 2013, having gained a year of experience in Germany, and worked on vintages at Robert Stein Winery in New South Wales and Springfontein Wine Estate in South Africa.

The huge range of wines that Lisa inherited from father Georg has been reduced and dry styles are now the focus.

As one would expect from one the key ambassadors of Generation Riesling, Lisa focuses on the Riesling grape, achieving strikingly varied mineral terroir expression from her different sites. The flagship wine of the estate is the Riesling from the Roter Hang – the iron-rich red clay soil of Nierstein.

Look out for Lisa’s wines from top Nierstein vineyard sites Hipping, Oelberg and Orbel. Additionally, local varieties….

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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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