Meet the winemakers behind your favorite German wines! In our monthly series “Whose *Wine* Is It Anyway?” we profile a German estate and delve into the story and background of the people behind the wines.
Meet Volker Raumland
This month, we’re highlighting Volker Raumland, who helped transform the international reputation of high-quality German Sekt. Sekthaus Raumland, located in Rheinhessen, was the first sparkling wine-focused estate ever accepted into the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) in late 2019. Over the years, Volker Raumland’s skill and passion for German sparkling wine earned him the nickname of the Sektpapst, or the Pope of Sekt.
Meet Konrad Salwey
This month, we’re highlighting Konrad Salwey, who showcases his creativity through the art of winemaking. Located in Baden, the Salwey Estate’s commitment to innovation rivals its prioritization of simplicity, producing dry wines mostly from Pinot varieties. The unique volcanic topography of their premium vineyard sites and the ideal aging environment of the mountain cellar coupled with Konrad’s expertise and willingness to experiment make for some of Germany’s most prized Pinot Noir.
Meet Ulrich Stein
For October, we’re focusing on Ulrich Stein, a winemaker who harvests grapes on some of the steepest, lowest-yielding vineyards on earth, in Germany’s Mosel region. With a winemaking philosophy that balances reverence for tradition and a rule-breaking spirit, Ulli makes traditional wines like Rieslings, as well as once-banned non-traditional varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Meet Philipp Wittmann
September’s winemaker spotlight focuses on Philipp Wittmann of Weingut Wittmann, a Rheinhessen estate that dates back to the 17th century. With some 350 harvests carried out by over 15 generations under their belt, the Wittmann family combines tradition with innovation, all while making incredible organic and biodynamic wines. In addition, Philipp served many years as President of the Rheinhessen section of the VDP and helped reinvent the image of the Rheinhessen region as a co-founder of the “Message In A Bottle” association.
Meet Stefan Vetter
In August, the spotlight’s on Stefan Vetter, a winemaker who has been central to the revival of Silvaner in the Franken region of Germany. Vetter farms organically, working old vines on steep, terraced vineyards, where harvesting is done manually. He focuses mainly on Silvaner, exploring the grape’s full potential and establishing his Silvaner-based wines as some of the most celebrated in Germany.
Meet Marcel & Marius Dillmann
In July we’re focusing on the winemakers behind Weingut Karlo Dillmann, brothers Marcel and Marius Dillmann. From Germany’s Rheingau region, Marcel and Marius represent the next generation of German vintners who are eagerly reinventing German winemaking. Together, the second-generation wine growers are introducing sustainable measures into their vineyards, modernizing the estate’s wine house, and rebranding Dillmann wines with their edginess.
Meet Weingut Kruger-Rumpf
In June, we focused on the winemakers behind Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Stefan Rumpf and his sons Philipp and Georg. The family’s winemaking philosophy balances continuous experimentation with traditional winemaking methods, resulting in world-class wines that reflect each site’s distinct terroir.
Meet The Christmann Family
May’s spotlighted estate dates back to the 16th century but continues to evolve and adapt – perfectly epitomizing the intersection of tradition and innovation at the heart of the German wine industry. Get to know Weingut Christmann and the father-daughter duo, Steffen and Sophie, who manage the winery today.
Meet Weingut Meyer-Näkel
In honor of Earth Day, the April winemaker spotlight focused on the women behind Weingut Meyer-Näkel, sister winemakers Meike and Dörte Näkel. Meyer-Näkel is a member estate of the German association Fair ‘N Green, which supports winemakers practicing sustainable and biodynamic viticulture.
Meet Winemaker Julia Bertram
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, our first winemaker spotlight profiled one of Germany’s most buzzed-about young women winemakers, Julia Bertram of the Ahr region! Julia served as the 64th German Wine Queen before taking over her family’s estate, which was recently renamed Weingut Bertram-Baltes as Julia’s husband, Benedikt Baltes formally joined the team.