Behind the synonym SCHRAMMEL 2.0 is the young couple Nicole & Daniel Schrammel. The two of them run a micro winery just outside Vienna in the southern Weinviertel with a vineyard area of around one hectare and are new faces in the natural wine scene.
We already know Kai Schätzel when he just started to stir up the sleepy Nierstein. A sylvaner from real roots from Hipping! That was an announcement. But his Riesling were also convincing from the start. Always something different and surprising, but never intended. It was accepted into the VDP in almost record time and easily joined the phalanx of the big names on the Rhine front, perhaps even showing the established goods a little bit of the way where the wines from the Rote Hang can go. Experimental, uncompromising, quality fanatical. That has brought Kai to where he is now: "Schätzel is one of the most exciting and interesting new developments in German wine culture", which almost sounds like an accolade, writes Stefan Reinhard for the Wine Advocat.
Staffelter Hof is one of the oldest still existing companies in the world!
Hard work is an integral part of the winery's founding legend. Centuries ago the steep slopes of Kröv were farmed with the help of a donkey until a wolf killed it. Legend has it that the monks caught the wolf on it and let it do the work in the vineyard instead of the donkey. The wolf “Magnus” is still the idol of the wine cellar and can be found on the labels. And also appears on the label in the wines Little red riding Wolf and Little Bastard.
Julien Altaber grew up on a farm in southern Burgundy. He knew early on that wine was his great passion. Each of his wines is made without the addition of oenological products (including sulphites) and with minimal intervention. He produces wines from the best appellations on the Côte de Beaune. His goal is not to produce a “Grand Vin” but a “True Wine”: honest, with maximum drinkability.
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.