Germany – Rheinhesen
Given skin-contact of up-to 24 hours for extra flavor and texture.
Naturally fermented and aged on lees in a mix of mostly large barrels, and some stainless steel tanks.
Have no additives except for a little SO2
Siefersheim is located in the extreme west of the German region known as Rheinhessen, just a few kilometres south of the town of Bad Kreuznach, amidst a landscape of steep hills of volcanic origin, interspersed with heath, untouched brooks and small streams, old stone quarries and overgrown walls built of rocks, the gateway to the region known as the “Rheinhessische Schweiz” (Switzerland of Rheinhessen).
The foundation for the Wagner estate was laid in 1845, with earlier generations shaping what was originally a classic mixed farming operation into a widely renowned wine estate, and leading the Höllberg and Heerkretz vineyard sites to supra-regional importance in the early decades of the 20th century.
The Wagner family has been involved in wine production now for nine generations, and since the early Nineties Daniel Wagner is responsible for the vineyards and the cellar. Since then, he has concentrated on the classical grape varieties such as Silvaner, Pinot Blanc and more especially Riesling, and converted to organic production methods.
Far-reaching measures are implemented to reduce yields. Manual pruning and canopy management as well as selective hand-picking in the autumn are corner-posts of his philosophy of wine production, which is based on the principle that outstanding wines are made in the vineyard.
The fruits of this passion for wine are evident each year in a range of wines characterized by clarity and freshness on the one hand, challenging, complex and concentrated on the other hand. An original style, as confirmed by critics, and acceptance into the elite circle of premium wine producers in 2004, as well as the awarding “Newcomer of the Year” by Gerhard Eichelmann and the wine critics of the Gault Millau WineGuide are a clear indication that the wines made by Daniel Wagner are something special indeed.