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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.
About Signature Quality
Our assets have much to do with our hands. Since several generations. Since 1660
in our family ownership, as a matter of fact. Our main treasure is simply what nature
presents us with: excellent vineyard-
About Nature and Handcrafting
Wine is Nature: a multifaceted, living creation. As wine producers, we have not forgotten
that we are people who live from the land, who are dependent on nature. Wine is more
to us than just business or a source of income. It happens to be our passion, too.
A part of ourselves goes in every wine we produce. As you might expect when looking
at our vineyards clinging to precipituous slopes, everything from pruning to harvesting
is done by hand in an "old-
Our philosophy is to make elegant, crisp, low-
The grapes are gently pressed at low pressure, the juice settles by gravity, not by centrifuge and is then fermented in a cool cellar at cool temperatures, mostly with it’s own, wild yeast. Only for wines which must ferment to total dryness we do add yeast.
We produce Riesling in all styles, from very dry to lusciously sweet, from elegant and light to complex and rich, depending what Nature allows.
Eric Litchfield, owner, GermanWineEstates
A Word about Riesling…
All grapes in the wine kingdom have their own unique personalities. Riesling’s is fruitiness, in the form of apples, lemons, limes, tangerines, pineapples and so on. Another personality trait is its brisk crunchy acidity. Fruitiness and acidity work in harmony with one another, allowing for Riesling’s mesmerizing personality. Riesling is indeed unique, with the most delicate and ethereally transparent personality in the wine world.
A Word about Dryness…
I don’t like Riesling, you say, it’s too sweet. As mentioned above, Riesling is about fruitiness, not necessarily sweetness. There is a difference and they should not be confused. Any wine can be dry or sweet, it all depends on the fermentation process. In winemaking, fermentation is the activity where yeast converts the grape’s natural sugar into alcohol. If a winemaker allows fermentation to continue until all the sugar in the grape is used up, the end result is a dry wine. If, however, he wishes to have a little sweetness in the wine, the winemaker will cut the fermentation process short where a hint of the natural sugar remains. When Riesling is fermented to a totally dry state, there’s still loads of fruit flavor because that’s the grape’s natural makeup. It may appear sweet, but it’s dry.
And finally, a Word about Sweetness
German wine is unique, just like Riesling. The whites are the lightest, most delicate
wines on earth. They get their complexity, not by power, alcohol or richness, rather
by their grace, elegance and transparent character due to a long growing season and
the soils in which the grapes grow. Part of their beauty comes from the uncanny balance
between the sweetness of the wine and its acid structure. It’s like yin and yang
or sweet and sour; one opposite force balances the other. Sweetness and acidity work
the same way. Without proper acidity, the sweetness in the wine would appear out
of balance and tastes too much like fruit juice. Conversely, without enough sweetness
in the wine, its acid structure would feel like layers of tissue are being ripped
out of your mouth. Sounds attractive doesn’t it? Just think what this wine tastes
like. So in the world of Riesling and Germany, sweetness is an all-
Wine Estate of the Month
Tidbits of Information
Tidbits of Information
Hochheimer Riesling Vintage 2013
“Happy End” in Late October
Information supplied by Dr. Franz Werner Michel, owner,
Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut
After a pretty difficult year with up and downs, finally I am delighted to report from Hochheim about the wonderful Riesling vintage 2013, matching perfectly the expectations from the global market: Good, very promising in quality, but small in quantity. Since my inventory from the last vintages had been melted down, now I will do my best to supply the growing demand for fine Riesling for the domestic market and for the global export.
In the year 2013 started the vegetation after a long cold period two weeks later than normal in April. But thanks to warm days in May, at Hochheim the vines blossomed in early June, just before the next cold period. In summer, we had some weeks of extremely hot temperatures, but later again whet and cool. The harvesting started one week later than usual in the middle of October and the last grapes were collected at the beginning of November.
Thanks to very careful cultivation of the vineyards, the grapes were in healthy conditions
until the end of October, which allowed a patient, slow and selective picking. Our
strategy to take the risk and to wait for higher maturation with increasing ripening
aroma and decreasing, fruity acidity was successful. To achieve clean grape juices,
we have pre-
We focused specific care for the harvest of a small quantity of clean, aromatic and
mineral Riesling “VDP – GROSSES GEWÄCHS” in dry style from the best classified “VDP
Grosse Lagen” Hochheimer Kirchenstück and Domdechaney, which will be launched not
before September 2014. As result of systematic reduction of the quantity by pruning
short branches, cutting away the third grape, dividing the clusters and pre-
Finally, my family and I, we are most grateful that nature donated such a balanced, brilliant vintage with the wonderful, delicate acidity, typically for noble Riesling and stimulating the enjoyment.
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