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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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Dr. Crusius

We are very lucky.  For over 400 years the family Crusius lives in one of the finest wine regions of Germany - the middle Nahe.  Near the landscape is here considerably harsher and more diverse, the river meanders still in their original bed, the mighty Red rock massif marks the spectacular centerpiece of the region.  This unique landscape is what drives us to make wines that show the origin and inspire.  We are guided by three principles to achieve this goal.

1) Excellent location portfolio. We are convinced that the best and most typical wines can arise only in large documents.  Therefore, we strive to always know better our top locations and expand their share of the total.  Our vineyards are located in the immediate vicinity of the winery (no vineyard is further away than 8km).  70% of our vineyard area are classified "first principles" bring to the position of the Statute VDP Nahe and therefore entitled, "Large Family".

2) Unique wine expertise. We are convinced that a solid professional training and years of experience in the wine tasting and -make help us to make the right decisions in the vineyard and cellar.

Whether intense, close-knit young wine tasting during the stage of vertical samples of various vintages and tasting of wines from colleagues, we always taste the team and for several days.  Ultimately flow more than 130 years of cumulative experience in winemaking.  Peter Crusius belongs to a very small circle of German wine growers, the
scientific further pursued even after graduation in Geisenheim, the quality question.  Parallel to the work in the domestic winery, he wrote an empirical work on the "impact of pruning on the quality of wine".  The investigated methods are now standard. The continued close contact with the Geisenheim Research practice helps us a lot.

3) Professional and transparent work. We believe that professionalism and openness in the daily work leads to better wines and helps us to inspire with Origin.  Meticulously we take in the vineyard on the health of the vines.  We read manually and with a few, very experienced reading helpers.  Most have already introduced more than 15 crops.  In the basement we work a maximum of gentle and flexible.  Spontaneous fermentation and yeasts are not a dogmatic contrast with us.  Depending on the vintage and packaging conditions, we make use of both methods.

Similarly, pragmatically we use old wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks for aging.  For all methods, we create every year consciously room for experimentation and continuous forcing us to break rules.  The cultivation of Auxerrois and Riesling Cuvée Top-of-the-rock are two successful examples of such experiments.

"Our wines are intended to show the origin and inspire."
VDP Estates Offering High Praise for the 2015 Harvest
Information supplied by Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP)
-1 February 2016-

Healthy grapes and bright acidity are considered just as important as Oechsle measurements in today's wines


The 2015 vintage will be remembered for its dry, hot summer growing season. It will also be revered for the stellar quality fruit harvested by the VDP estates, even if overall yields were distinctly lower than in years past. Extensive manual selection, world-class vineyards and well-timed interventions paid major dividends this year, leading to frequent comparisons to the legendary 1959 and 1971 vintages.

"The 2015 grape harvest was unusual in two ways. Not that the trend is completely unexpected, but never before have we had a harvest kick off so early and be so brief. It's definitely a change from the classic romantic vision of a wine harvest. But the bottom line is this: all's well that ends well," says Steffen Christmann, President of the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP).

Growing Season and Harvest

A dry spring and a warm, dry growing season set the tone for a dry summer and record heat. In many places the lack of precipitation during the first six months did little to disturb the vines. The plants acclimated themselves quickly to the warm temperatures and pulled on reserves from the copious rain of the previous winter. The dry conditions nevertheless posed a number of other challenges for the VDP winegrowers. Younger vines in particular required a variety of extra measures, including mulching, moderate defoliation and crop thinning to preserve what little water the soil contained and minimize the risk to the harvest.
Early September brought real rainfall, easing drought-related concerns significantly. While the vines had become accustomed to less precipitation, they happily accepted the extra water when it arrived. On the other hand, now the winegrowers had to contend with the threat of bursting berries. As the harvest date approached in mid-September, a fortuitous high pressure system settled in with picture-perfect dry and pleasant weather — and a collective sigh of relief.
Cool nights and continued warm days encouraged the grapes to develop their full varietal spectrum of characteristic aromas. The conditions were thus perfect for harvesting flawless, fully ripe fruit. The late-ripening Pinot varieties in particular, as well as Riesling and Silvaner, handled the year's severe dryness masterfully.
The only downside was the lower yields reported in many regions. Baden for example registered a 10% drop over the year prior. Yet the exquisite quality of the harvest more than made up for those losses.


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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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