Roterfaden winery, the micowinery from Württemberg with fantastic Lemberger and Riesling natural wines. Young winemakers with vision, sustainability and taste always in view.
The Domaine Luneau-Papin is one of the great innovators in Nantais, where the Muscadet wine-growing regions can be found. With their domaine, which was newly founded in the 1990s, but which had roots as far back as the early 18th century, Pierre Luneau and Monique Papin belonged to that small movement that recognized the potential of the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety as a translator of terroir and did it with organic and later promoted biodynamic cultivation. The wines that are vinified today by their son Pierre-Marie and his wife Marie are examples of how texturally and structurally strong Melon de Bourgogne can be, how well the grape variety ripens and what abundance of expressive possibilities it has.
With respect for the knowledge and experience of his forefathers, Peter Jakob Kühn has been working as a certified Demeter member since 2004 according to the principles of biodynamics. In this way, in the greatest possible harmony with nature, he comes closer and closer to his idea of inspired wines. The great conviction for his future is ecological and biodynamic viticulture - with many challenges, big and small, but also endless moments of happiness and the increasing certainty that he is doing the only right thing for him.
Fred Loimer should actually be a geologist by profession. The terroir that he plays in the Kamptal and the thermal region is so diverse that it is easy to lose track. The winery is located in Langenlois, the central municipality in the growing area. In the northern part the basement of the Bohemian mass dominates with gneiss and mica schist and in the Heiligenstein also sandstones. Towards the Pannonian Basin, the rocks were often covered with ice-age loess a meter thick, and towards the Donau you can find thick gravel terraces of the original Danube. It is a real pleasure to compare the different Grüner Veltliner with each other or to taste the three top-location Rieslings side by side. In Gumpoltskirchen, the wines show how similar the thermal region is to Burgundy. All wines, regardless of the terroir, are always authentic, profound and complex, never fat or loud.
They were also one of the first points of contact with natural wine for us and therefore an important milestone for GrapeTimes. The Heinrichs are among the first winegrowers from Austria who were able to play at the top internationally with their red wine.
The Heinrichs pay particular attention to the correct location of the vines or the interplay of grape varieties, soil composition, moisture, (exposure) solar radiation and altitude. On the 90 ha, the biodiversity (variety of species) of plants and microorganisms is promoted with the aim of healthy vines through a variety of greenery between the rows. Some locations are sometimes even grazed with sheep all year round.
Thorsten Melsheimer can do it simply: PétNat, Orange, Vin Naturel, Sekt. We would not be surprised if this Reiler business soon turned into a red sensation. Very clean and sophisticated, that's how you can roughly outline the style of all wines from this house. He has been producing Pét Nat since 2014, making it one of the pioneers in Germany.
In Alsace there is currently a lively dynamic - thanks to young winemakers who are keen to experiment and experienced natural wine craftsmen in one place.
One of the wineries where the younger generation is causing a stir is Achillée in the Riesling Bastion Scherwiller. The two sons Jean and Pierre Dietrich took over the winery from their father Yves in 2016, and they have been working biodynamically since 2003. With a lot of sensitivity, the guys now move a few steps further in the direction of natural wine, but always on the clean and not on the rough, wild side.
Bianka and Daniel Schmitt are two talented young winemakers who produce biodynamic wine “only from grapes” in Rheinhessen. The wines are pure and fresh, full of personality and life. They belong to the new generation of younger, more innovative winemakers who are reducing yields and refining the largely undervalued terroir of this region. Bianka and Daniel are the epitome of this new wave of German winemakers who are working hard to produce wines of the highest quality with as little intervention as possible.
The Seckinger winery from Niederkirchen, Pfalz. Philipp, Jonas and Lukas hand in hand together, all under 30! Family business founded in 2012. They describe their philosophy back to the roots. The work is biodynamic and natural. And the result is fantastic wines with their own signature! We are fans.