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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.
Summer of Riesling Returns! It’s All German, All Summer
Information supplied by Wines of Germany
-1 August 2016-





Now through the end of August, Wines of Germany is giving wine lovers nationwide the opportunity to enjoy the perfect wine for summer sipping!

Summer of Riesling is spanning the nation, as renowned restaurants and wine shops across the country have joined the summer-long celebration – offering by-the-glass specials and promotions on German wine. In addition to local independent restaurants and retailers, Wines of Germany has partnered with MINA Group Restaurants, Binny’s Beverage Depot and Whole Foods in Manhattan to further promote Summer of Riesling nationwide.


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"THE VDP - THE CLASSIFICATION"


New Classification Flyer | View Online

The challenge was to produce a new flyer to provide insight into the VDP’s ideals and to present its four-tier classification (VDP.GUTSWEIN | VDP.ORTSWEIN | VDP.ERSTE LAGE and VDP.GROSSE LAGE) as simply and concisely as possible. You can order the print version in our VDP shop free of charge. The flyer is also available via download.
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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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