Press / Quotes

"Rheingau…It is here that Riesling made its name, famous long before the Mosel got a look-in. Riesling is of course king in this compact region and covers almost 80% of vineyards, but Pinot Noir – historically significant in the Rheingau – is important too. "

01 February 2017
Jane Anson, Decanter (UK)

"Germany has never held back on red – nearly one third of its vineyards are red grapes – but until quite recently the wines were aimed squarely at the domestic market’s traditional taste for very lightweight reds. Now there’s a generation of winemakers making a riper, fuller, contemporary style that’s somewhere between red Burgundy and New Zealand Pinot Noir."

11 January 2017
Joanna Simon, Joannasimon.com (UK)

"I’ve been converted to German Pinot Noir this year: it’s darker, richer and has something of the farm about it, something good. Maybe it’s the sweetness of the stable, just right for nativity season. It’s normally pricy, but you can cater for a party with Marks & Spencer’s Stepp Pinot Noir 2015. Do enjoy telling people it’s German."

11 December 2016
Damian Barr, The Sunday Times, thetimes.co.uk (UK)

"Hew Blair at Justerini & Brooks tells me his clients are buying a lot of German Riesling from the super 2015 vintage for drinking over the next couple of years. That’s a trend you want to be in on."

05 November 2016
Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Wines to order to make sommeliers love you? Dry German Riesling. Great value/quality ratio, beloved by the wine trade."

03 October 2016
Zeren Wilson, Evening Standard (UK)

"There are just so many good German wines now, and the roll call of top producers is growing steadily. Many of the wines are just so affordable, too, considering their quality."

01 September 2016
Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com (UK)

"As with so many of Europe’s wine regions, the younger generation are well travelled, and when they bring back [to Rheinhessen] new ideas and fresh ways of thinking to their family domains, things begin to change. Also, there’s now a market for more interesting, terroir driven wines."

29 August 2016
Jamie Goodie, wine-anorak.com (UK)

"There are simply so many German varieties of grape. Centuries of cross-breeding the vines… a hugely varied national palate that is demanding new wines and a unique distribution model, has meant that there are a large number of wines from popular indigenous grapes that never see the light of day outside Germany."

25 August 2016
Peter Dean, thebuyer.net (UK)

"Riesling’s true and original homeland in the valleys of the Mosel, Saar, Rhine and Nahe. The wines from the steep slopes above those rivers are still the most exquisite, piquant and nuanced Rieslings of all; they offer remarkable value compared to other top wines. "

24 August 2016
Harry Eyres, Country Life (UK)

"Whatever the style, all Rieslings are crisp and tend to be lowish alcohol. Anything from around 7% is auslese (late-harvest sweetness). The boozier it gets, the more trocken (dry) it becomes."

31 July 2016
Damian Barr, The Sunday Times (UK)

"Mosel Riesling, a wine that barely features on supermarket shelves these days, comes high up the list. The best don’t come cheap, but they are airily light (around 8% abv) and age for years."

30 July 2016
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, theguardian.com (UK)

"It is perhaps the Mosel, which accounts for a third of all Germany’s [Riesling] plantings, that produces the most classic style of German Riesling – low in alcohol, light in body, with crisp, racy acidity and pure citrus and green apple fruits…. They can make a wonderful aperitif on a summer’s evening. And, while not really needing food, they can partner spicy Asian dishes brilliantly."

23 July 2016
Alistair Gibson, The News (Portsmouth) (UK)

"Connoisseurs should continue to savour the racy Riesling grape in all its undervalued glory, and there are terrific bottles here from the Rhine and the Mosel."

25 June 2016
Jane MacQuitty, The Times (UK)

"One of this week’s highlights was discovering emerging producers such as Wines of Germany. Pop over to the stand and try a glass of their Riesling. They also do a bold sparkling wine, which is really nice… and goes brilliantly with Thai food."

17 June 2016
Lucy McGuire, Oh So London Blog (UK)

"A young generation of German winemakers are challenging the stereotype. And it’s not all about white wines. Germany is making fine wines across the range: from sparkling wines to reds. This cool climate viticulture is producing wines with the right ratio of price to quality."

01 June 2016
Barry Smith, Prospect (UK)

"Perfect pairings… A powerful dry German Riesling with salmon or eel."

22 April 2016
Ahea Gerrie, Good Things Magazine (UK)

"Today, German wines are strong players on the world stage, especially in the UK…. The entire perception of German wines is changing very rapidly due to their delicious taste, elegant structure and more accessible wine labels."

14 April 2016
Raul Diaz, WineTraining Blog (UK)

"The majestic Riesling grape is mainly planted on steep vineyard sites facing south, west or east. These back-breaking slopes are good for vines…. Nearly all the great wine areas in Germany are close to rivers."

01 April 2016
Robert Giorgione, Marylebone Journal (UK)

"Good German Riesling is very good at balancing. Specifically, it manages to balance amazing freshness with intense fruit flavours."

08 March 2016
Helen McGinn, The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club (UK)

"Sales of German Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris have sky-rocketed in the UK over the last 12 months, leading to a renewed effort to promote the trio in Britain this year. "

01 March 2016
Neal Baker, Thedrinksbusiness.com (UK)

"Spätburgunder, as Pinot Noir is called in Germany, is receiving more and more (well-deserved) attention and becoming more widely distributed in the UK."

01 March 2016
Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter (UK)

"A new star on the scene is Germany, now the largest producer of Pinot noir and making some rather credible examples."

21 February 2016
Ernie Whalley, Thesundaytimes.co.uk (UK)

"Europe’s finest [Pinot Gris] come from vineyards either side of the Rhine, from Baden and Pfalz in Germany…"

21 February 2016
, Thesundaytimes.co.uk (UK)

"For me, German white wine, and German Riesling in particular, is the very greatest white wine in the world."

15 February 2016
Guy Smith, The Langport Leveller (UK)

"The sources of good examples are myriad, although certain regions do stand out as perfect for Riesling, with Germany’s Mosel, Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Pfalz hitting the high points..."

18 January 2016
Patrick Schmitt, thedrinksbusiness.com (UK)

"Anyone still holding 1970s prejudices about German wine urgently needs to read on. Not only is Germany now one of the world leaders in organic wines, but almost 40 per cent of all its wine is now red…."

10 January 2016
Brian Eliot, Scotland on Sunday (Spectrum) (UK)

"Fine Rieslings, especially from the pretty Mosel region, are naturally lower in alcohol, due in part to the cool climate there… The Riesling grape counters that sprinkle of sugar with a fresh streak of acidity, like a squeeze of lemon or a bite into a tart green apple, so the effect is still mouth-watering."

08 January 2016
Susy Atkins, Telegraph Online (UK)

"Riesling, like Chenin, has high acidity, so the grapes can reach super-ripeness (aided by botrytis or by freezing in the case of Eiswein) while maintaining a pristine purity and freshness."

16 December 2015
Harry Eyres, Country Life (UK)

"Young German Kabinett Rieslings with their vivid green apple flavours work especially well [with salmon]."

10 December 2015
Fiona Beckett, Matchingfoodandwine.com (UK)

"What is the USP of Mosel Rieslings? Sky-high acidity that links arms with the honey of ripe Riesling."

01 December 2015
Hugh Johnson OBE, The World of Fine Wine (UK)

"Germany is now showing consumers the way to a more diverse wine offering, and British drinkers are happily following […] Sales of German wine are on the increase in all categories over £7. There is real excitement driven by young winemakers. "

01 November 2015
Anne Krebiehl MW, The Drinks Business (UK)

"German wine goes well beyond the sweet and white type, even a single region can produce a range of styles to suit everyone. "

20 October 2015
Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com (UK)

"[Spätlese is] great with pheasant with apples, probably going to work better than a red wine. "

01 October 2015
Fiona Beckett, Guardian Online (UK)

"Not other recent wine event has had me repeatedly exclaiming, and writing in my notebook, the word 'beautiful'. This was a tasting of fine estate-bottled German wines from the 2014 vintage. "

30 September 2015
Harry Eyres, Country Life (UK)

"Lighter wines can work well with food as they won't overpower delicate flavours but often have more acidity to cut through richer dishes. Choose a style that's naturally low in alcohol like German Riesling. "

01 September 2015
Tim Atkin, Jamie Magazine (UK)

"Zingy, fruity, low on alcohol - now is just the time for Riesling from Germany's Spätlese grapes. "

30 August 2015
Olly Smith , The Mail on Sunday - Event magazine (UK)

"Over the last few years...there has been a crescendo of noise about German wine in the UK. Tastings have been more frequent and more dynamic. There are increasing numbers of modern, well-designed brands. Riesling has become a tattoo. And Spätburgunder has found a new champion in the shape of Master of Wine Anne Krebiehl. "

12 August 2015
Richard Hemming , JancisRobinson.com (UK)

"Riesling is a true delight. It can be dry, off-dry or rampantly, richly, tongue-coatingly sweet."

01 August 2015
Jonathan Ray, The Field (UK)

"Riesling is a true delight. It can be dry, off-dry or rampantly, richly, tongue-coatingly sweet."

01 August 2015
Jonathan Ray, The Field (UK)

"Why drink Riesling? Answer: It tastes good! To some it’s the noblest of all white grapes…It is the most planted white grape in Germany…Like all great things the very best German Riesling is an expensive treat – one that is often hard to come by. "

10 July 2015
Stephen Barrett, Plymouth Herald (UK)

"The beautify of off-dry German Riesling is that not only can it handle spice (it’s a great foil for Thai food, too) but it’s also wonderfully low in alcohol, making it ideal for daytime drinking."

04 July 2015
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian - Weekend (UK)

"Riesling is my favourite grape and such a great food wine. I love reuniting our guests with a wine they stopped drinking in the 1970s. "

01 July 2015
Laurent Richet, Decanter (UK)

"With its mouth-wateringly crisp, floral, bosky flavours and racy, green apple and citrus fruit, German Riesling is summer in a glass. Apart from the sheer, aromatic, summery drinkability of all but the sweetest German Rieslings, another huge plus of this wine is its food-friendly qualities. Spicy Asian food, curry, sushi, sauced seafood: difficult dishes shine, care of the unoaked balance between natural fruit sweetness and acidity. "

16 May 2015
Jane MacQuitty, The Times (UK)
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