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This website is devoted to a selection of fine wine estates from Germany, whose wines are available in the United States through wine importer and distributor, Slocum & Sons, located in North Haven, Connecticut. This portfolio has been created by Eric Litchfield, the company's Import Sales Director, who has spent considerable time selecting producers that define today's highest standards of wine making. Mr. Litchfield's philosophy is to allow the wine producer and nature harmonize equally, utilizing sustainable agriculture, organic and biodynamic farming to reach the purest expression of grape varietal, microclimate and terroir, yielding wines of supreme balance and elegance.


It is the objective of this website to provide comprehensive data about these fine wine estates as well as other aspects of the German wine industry, including: current news, understanding German wine labels, wine region information and vintage reports. It is our goal to make GermanWineEstates, The Site for German Wine Lovers.












Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch, Erben Thanisch


The wine growing tradition of the Thanisch family dates back to 1636. The wine estate was founded in 1895 by Dr. Hugo Thanisch, a Prussian politician and his widow Katharina, and gained its reputation through the spectacular success of the wine auctions of the VDP. Today the estate is managed by Sofia Thanisch, the great granddaughter of the founders, and the fourth generation of women.


Berncasteler Doctor

The Riesling wines from the great “Berncasteler Doctor” vineyard are some of the most famous white wines in the world. These superb wines are highly prized by connoisseurs for their magnificence and complexity, making them some of the most sought-after wines of the entire Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The name Thanisch is inseparably linked to the “Doctor”.


Due to the excellent exposition of this little “sun spoiled” south, southwest vineyard there is a very special microclimate within the site. The wines produced in the Doctor vineyard are very concentrated and juicy, displaying layers of elegant fruit. The beneficial effect of the Berncasteler Doctor’s perfect microclimatic conditions is illustrated in this winter photograph, where the warmth of the vineyard’s soil has melted away the snow while those sites with less favourable positioning are snow-covered.


Other Vineyards

The size of our boutique estate, including two of the most famous vineyards in Germany, the Berncasteler Doctor and the Bernkasteler Badstube, is 7 ha (16 acres). All our vineyards are planted with 100 % Riesling vines, most of which are mature and on original non-grafted rootstocks. The Devon slate soil gives our wines their unique character: delicate fruit, elegance and lightness.


Our oenologist, Olaf Kaufmann, and employees take care of the vineyards and the gentle treatment of wines in the cellar with love and great care.




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The 2013 Vintage Presents Good Quality, While

Quantity Remains Below Average

Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Despite this year's weather conditions, German wine growers are satisfied with the quality achieved for the 2013 vintage. However, harvest is nearing its end, and the total quantity of harvested grapes is expected to be slightly below expectations.


According to the latest estimates from the Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), only 8.4 million hectolitres of wine must will presumably be harvested this year throughout Germany. Yields will thus be down seven percent compared to the prior year and nine percent compared to the ten-year average of 9.26 million hectolitres.


The harvest results differ significantly in the individual vineyard areas, depending on the grape variety and climatic conditions. For example, in the regions of Rheinhessen, Franken and Sachsen, average yields are expected to be equivalent to the previous year. Harvests in the Ahr and Saale-Unstrut regions increased by 30 and 48 percent, respectively, once again resulting in average yields after poor results in 2012. In the other regions, however, forecasts are significantly lower compared to 2012 results. The Mosel’s yields are 25 percent lower compared with the long-term average. Because of this, some wine-growing regions have already announced price adjustments.


DWI managing director Monika Reule explained that due to unfavorable weather conditions during the blossoming period in June, Pinot varietials have already not produced the desired quantity of fruit settings. In addition, quality-improving reduction measures conducted have led to lower yields.


"This year’s comparatively late period of harvest influenced aroma development quite positively. Even young wines already have a very pleasant fruity note, and their moderate alcoholic strength fits perfectly with the current market demands," says Reule.




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Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.

- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


Many of Germany's current winemakers have taken over the winery from their parents. We're happy to see them staying in the family business!

    


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