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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 allowing the wine producer and nature to 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, information and vintage reports. It is our goal to make GermanWineEstates, The Site for German Wine Lovers.
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Freiherr von Schleinitz estate is recognized as one of the top estates in the region. The high quality of the wines is continuously confirmed by awards and medals received in regional and national as well as international competitions. Come visit the estate and let us show you the quality in every glass of wine we make.

History
The Hähn family has been in the wine business since 1650. In 1892 Peter Hähn moved to Kobern and started a small winery. In 1956 his grandson Karlheinz Hähn expanded the winery by buying the Freiherr von Schleinitz estate and merged the two keeping the von Schleinitz name.

He started to expand the business by being a negociant but developed his vineyards at the same time. Focusing on his own production and quality the negociant part of the business was reduced and eventually eliminated as the estate grew and became recognized for quality.

The winery received more and more attention for its quality and achieved a national award in 1979. At that time Konrad Hähn, the son of Karlheinz and now owner of the estate, was already involved with the winemaking and is continuing the devotion to quality started by his father. The quality focus of the winery was confirmed by two additional national awards in 1995 and 2001. Weingut Freiherr von Schleinitz is certainly regarded as a leading winery in the area.

Konrad is not only an ambitious winemaker, but also serves on several honorary tasting and review committees. He also supports the cultural life of the region by being a leading member of the Summer Theater, which is located in his wine restaurant Winzerhof von Schleinitz.

Our Wines
Year round care and intensive work in the vineyards are the basis for ripe and healthy fruit, a necessity for high quality wines. Wine making knowledge gained over generations and modern technology used for the gentlest handling of the grapes and wine lead to the high quality von Schleinitz customers have enjoyed and come to expect over the years. Highest quality - ripened in nature and captured in a bottle.

Grape Varieties
The slate soil on the steep terraces provides perfect conditions for the late ripening Riesling grape, so we focus with 90% of our plantings on this great grape varietal. In this unique environment, Riesling produces world-class wines with a wide spectrum of aromas, fine fruitiness and a unique minerality in various styles from dry to fruity. The noble sweet wines are considered the finest in the world.

Since 1988 the remaining 10% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir (Blauer Spätburgunder). Pinot Noir's unique ability to reflect the slate soil and warm climate provides very flavorful yet delicate red wines with a red fruit focus and a light to medium body showing elegant minerality.

Vineyards in the Best Sites of the Valley
In this most northern part, the Mosel valley is very narrow and the vineyards very steep. The warm micro climate and the use of terraces along the south facing slopes allows the vines to grow to full ripeness despite the northern location. The use of machinery is impossible and all work including harvesting is done by hand.

German Winemakers Focus on Pinots
Information supplied by Wines of Germany
-1 May 2015-

Last year, the German vineyard area planted with Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) grew by 5.3 percent – the largest increase recorded among all grape varieties. In all, the area devoted to this grape has reached 13,904 acres, or twice the size it was in 2000. According to the German Wine Institute, based on statistics released by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany now ranks second only to Italy in terms of Pinot Gris plantings. Another member of the Pinot family, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), is also on the rise in Germany, up 3.3 percent from the year before. There are currently 11,846 acres under vine, or some 85 percent more than in 2000, which makes Germany the world’s leading source of this fashionable grape variety.

Riesling remains the country’s premier and most popular grape variety (57,920 acres), and accounts for about one fourth of Germany’s vineyard area. Statistics show a slight increase (0.6 percent) in plantings in 2014. About half of the world’s Riesling vines are planted in Germany’s wine-growing regions – more than anywhere else in the world.

Riesling’s red counterpart is yet another Pinot: Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder). With 29,116 acres, it is Germany’s most important red wine grape variety and accounts for about a third of the country’s red wine grape area. Worldwide, Germany ranks third in acreage devoted to Pinot Noir vines.

A brief look at statistics on new plantings in Germany in 2014 confirms the trend: Riesling and Pinots score high marks with German wine-growers. Of the nearly 6,000 acres of newly or replanted vineyards, 1,438 acres were Riesling, 835 acres Pinot Gris, 504 acres Pinot Noir and 450 acres Pinot Blanc.

Among the specialty varieties grown in Germany, Sauvignon Blanc continued to post relatively dynamic growth in 2014. In the meantime, some 3,000 acres are cultivated; roughly six percent more than the year before. Growth among internationally popular red wine varieties, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, was – at best – moderate: 35 acres and 15 acres, respectively. Merlot plantings now stand at 1,480 acres and Cabernet Sauvignon, at 730 acres.

Very few of the remaining 100 or so different grape varieties cultivated in Germany play a significant role in the German wine business. The ten most important varieties set the tone and account for some 80 percent of Germany’s total vineyard area.

As of March 2015, the total German area under vine is 253,127 acres in size. It has remained relatively constant in the past 20 years. The ratio of white to red varieties has changed only slightly and today stands at 64.9% to 35.1%, respectively, whereby white wine varieties registered a small gain in 2014, as reflected in current consumer trends in Germany.
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AustrianWineEstates is a website devoted to a selection of fine wine estates from Austria, 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 to 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.
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