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Wunderwein hosts Grand Portfolio Tasting 2022 in New Jersey

We are excited to announce that our new wines from Germany have arrived and are now available for purchase. If you are a trade buyer, please contact us for a Tasting and if you purchase for your own consumption, please check out our Club page for online purchase!Now that the wines have arrived, we have organized a series of Grand Portfolio Tastings kicking off in New Jersey on June 14th between 2pm-6pm at Battello. Our formal New York City Launch Event will take place in Manhattan, in Central Park just after the summer. If you would like to join us for the…

Stromberg-Zabergäu produces a Pinot Meunier Rosé Sekt for Champagne Lovers in North America

In December 2020, Anne Krebiehl, MW, published this piece on German Sekt and raised a point about the opportunity for a Sekt from Schwarzriesling grapes from Württemberg…“All we need now is for Württemberg to wake up to the potential of its many hectares of Schwarzriesling (aka Pinot Meunier).” A Wunderwein producer, Coop Weingärtner Stromberg-Zabergäu jumped on the opportunity and created this delicious Pinot Meunier Rosé Sekt and we are delighted to bring it to our German Wine Fans and Champagne lovers in North America. The wine is made in traditional bottle fermentation (Flaschengärung) with…

Freiherr von Gleichenstein – exceptional wines from the Kaiserstuhl since 1634

The traditional property of the Freiherr von Gleichenstein Estate is located in the Kaiserstuhl in the middle of countless vineyards and surrounded by charming and unspoiled nature. The classic Burgundy varieties grow here on 50 hectares and the warm climate in sun-kissed Baden and the rich soil of the Kaiserstuhl provide ideal growing conditions for these. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, as well as Muskateller, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau are the varieties that are bottled on the Estate in Oberrotweil. With around 1,600 inhabitants, Oberrotweil is the largest of the seven wine-growing…

Collectors’ interest in German fine wine is growing (published by the Drinks Business)

American and European collectors’ growing interest in blue-chip German rieslings has caused demand to outpace supply on the secondary market. Wines from producers such as Egon Muller and Weingut Keller are especially sought after, and limited supplies have driven up auction sale prices, said Alix Rodarie, head of international development at wine auction platform iDealwine. Read the full story here!

Weingut Blankenhorn – a top Burgunder and Gutedel producer from Markgräflerland

Last autumn we went to visit Weingut Blankenhorn in Baden and returned with their beautiful Schliengen Chasselas Le Clocher 2019 for their US debut. The winery is located in the center of Schliengen in Markgräflerland, in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland. The Markgräflerland wine growing region is known for Gutedel, which is also recognized as Chasselas in France and Fendant in Switzerland. Fritz Blankenhorn’s family ran the winery for five generations. When Rosie Blankenhorn, known as Roy, could not find a successor among her daughters, she handed it over to…

Weingut Nelles – Tradition, Joy, Passion and Enthusiasm!

Father and son team Thomas and Philip Nelles’ philosophy is “tradition obliges” – and there is plenty of that for a winery opened in 1479. With vineyards in the Heimersheimer Landskrone and Burggarten at Ahr’s eastern end, grapes are of premier quality and vinification is meticulous to preserve each wine’s terroir. Sustainability is a key driving force in Nelles’ winemaking. The winery is a member of Fair ‘n Green and encourages all the little critters in their vineyards to find their natural places among the vines, enriching the ecosystem. In the cellar, reds…

Jean Stodden – Das Rotweingut!

For Alexander Stodden, owner and cellar master at Ahr winery Jean Stodden, balancing tradition with just the right amount of innovation is an approach that’s worth the effort. A family estate that has shaped the tastes of wine lovers over generations, ungrafted century-old vines (a rarity in Ahr) and old-school diligence, counterbalance the latest vineyard and winery techniques that are only introduced if necessary and at precisely the right moment. At the core of operations is his heartfelt passion: Spätburgunder, and while Alexander can’t name a favorite since he loves his “children” equally,…

Two top producers from Germany’s biggest wine region coming stateside

While we focus our business on lesser-known German wine regions, there were two wineries from Rheinhessen that we were keen to establish in North America. One is Battenfeld-Spanier who, with their Frauenberg GG, makes one of the best Rieslings in the world and our favorite German Pinot Noir, the GG Kirchenstück. The other is Thörle that we were introduced to after reading about the JS 99 Point rating for their Thörle Spätburgunder Rheinhessen Hölle 2019, that was described as a truly breathtaking pinot noir that’s as concentrated as it is refined. The wine made…

Fritz Waßmer – a legendary Burgundy approach to Pinot Noir and game-changing Chardonnay’s from Germany

In 1998, Fritz Waßmer took a lifetime of family learning and, with a passion for the vines that was second nature, started his own winery in Bad Krozingen, Baden. Proudly self-taught in the intricacies of winemaking but with generations of viticultural knowledge in his bones, Fritz built on an affinity he felt for Pinot Noir and never looked back. His love for this iconic grape, one of the star varietals of Baden, goes back a long way when Fritz started to develop an admiration for the legendary Burgundy approach to Pinot Noir production.…

Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist – Franken wine growing tradition!

A founding member of the VDP, Bürgerspital in Würzburg is a Franken estate with more than 700 years of vinicultural tradition under its belt. Robert Haller is at the helm, leading a winery that cultivates Silvaner and Riesling on shell-limestone terroir. Always striving for an expression of place, Haller says minerality, complexity, and finesse are more valuable to Bürgerspital than fruitiness, sweetness, or opulence. The wines follow their own path, and the result is fine accompaniments to food – one of the cornerstones that guides work in the vineyard and the winery. Fermentation…