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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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The wine growing tradition of the Thanisch family dates back to 1636. The wine estate was founded in 1895 by Dr. Hugo Thanisch, a Prussian politician and his widow Katharina, and gained its reputation through the spectacular success of the wine auctions of the VDP. Today the estate is managed by Sofia Thanisch, the great granddaughter of the founders, and the fourth generation of women.

Berncasteler Doctor
The Riesling wines from the great “Berncasteler Doctor” vineyard are some of the most famous white wines in the world. These superb wines are highly prized by connoisseurs for their magnificence and complexity, making them some of the most sought-after wines of the entire Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The name Thanisch is inseparably linked to the “Doctor”.

Due to the excellent exposition of this little “sun spoiled” south, southwest vineyard there is a very special microclimate within the site. The wines produced in the Doctor vineyard are very concentrated and juicy, displaying layers of elegant fruit. The beneficial effect of the Berncasteler Doctor’s perfect microclimatic conditions is illustrated in this winter photograph, where the warmth of the vineyard’s soil has melted away the snow while those sites with less favourable positioning are snow-covered.

Other Vineyards
The size of our boutique estate, including two of the most famous vineyards in Germany, the Berncasteler Doctor and the Bernkasteler Badstube, is 7 ha (16 acres). All our vineyards are planted with 100 % Riesling vines, most of which are mature and on original non-grafted rootstocks. The Devon slate soil gives our wines their unique character: delicate fruit, elegance and lightness.
Dry Wines on the Rise in Germany
Information Supplied by Wines of Germany
-1 April 2015-

Following the market trend toward dry wines, a full 44 percent of all "Qualität" and "Prädikat" wines bottled in Germany last year were classified as "Trocken" (dry). In estimates by the German Wine Institute (DWI), this represents an eight percent increase since a decade ago (2004). Over that same time period, the market share occupied by off-dry wines saw only a one percent increase, from 21 to 22 percent.

These assessments are based on figures from the official wine classification agencies, which in 2014 tested 131,000 different wines (7.4 million hectoliters) across Germany. The statistics show that 59 percent were white, 30 percent red and 11 percent rosé.

Roughly 90 percent of all wines produced annually are submitted for quality testing each year, with the remaining ten percent either marketed as land wines or used to produce sparkling wine. Compared with the five-year average, last year saw four percent fewer "Qualität" and "Prädikat" wines brought to market, which can be attributed to the below-average harvest yields in 2013.

The DWI emphasizes that all "Qualität" and "Prädikat" wines produced in Germany are subject to a sensory, analytical and labeling inspection before receiving approval for market release. An official inspection number may only be applied to the label once the necessary preconditions have been met. The last two digits of the "AP-Nr." indicate the year in which the wine was tested. This means, for example, that a 2011 red wine left to mature in the cask for an extended period may actually have a '14' at the end of the inspection number.
AustrianWineEstates
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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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