One of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious wineries, Weingut von Winning was founded in 1849 and revived as a family enterprise in 2007 by the late Achim Niederberger, bringing in the extremely talented Stephan Attman as winemaker and assisted by Andreas Huetwohl.
Practicing organic and with enviable holdings of Grosses Gewächs vineyards across the villages of Ruppertsberg, Deidesheim, and Forst. Von Winning produces the most internationally renowned dry wines in Germany.
The Von Winning philosophy has historically relied on respectful cooperation with nature, with no use of herbicides or synthetical fertilisers in the vineyard, no fining and no use of pumping or filtration. Going against the more common (and less expensive) use of stainless steel fermentation, all of Von Winning’s Rieslings are fermented in oak barrels of different sizes, which contributes to their structure and complexity
Attmann describes his winemaking as “not doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.” The estate’s premium wines are treated with a minimalist approach and with the highest respect in the cellar. Gentle clarification, a natural and spontaneous fermentation and the abandonment of fining agents create wines with a distinctive indigenous and very elegant style. Pumping the juice or wine is never necessary in the gravity flow winery, allowing for minimal, and gentle vinification.
This is not just another Sauvignon, let’s make that clear from the outset, it really needs to be tasted to believe. On the nose grapefruit, cranberries, apple and lime with hints of herbs and elderberry. On the palate crispy but not too much, full-bodied, good minerality and acidity (not screaming) with green apple, citrus and cranberries. Nice long and refreshing saline finish, which is the hallmark of these great wines.