Riesling Schiefergestein Bockenauer VDP Ortswein, Schäfer-Fröhlich, Nahe, Germany 2018


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Award-winning winemaker – family-owned – old vineyards


The Fröhlich family has been cultivating vines in the region of Nahe in the west of Germany since 1800. Their current estate, Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich, was founded in the 1972 through marriage. In the early 1990s Tim took over the family estate and produced his first vintage in 1995. Until this stage of his life, Tim had harboured ambitions of becoming a professional footballer. When an injury ended his career, he set his sights on taking his family vineyard to the vanguard of quality production in the Nahe region.

From his first vintage in 1995, Tim’s wines continued to improve in quality with each harvest and it was no surprise when, in 2005, he was named as young winemaker of the year by the Gault-Millau/German Wine Guide. His reputation continued to rise, culminating in being named the youngest ever German winemaker of the year by the same guide in 2010. Still assisted by his father, Tim presides over an amazingly steep collection of old vine vineyards. It is the combination of these great sites, along with low natural yields, painstaking vineyard management, an interest in wild yeast fermentation and obsession for minerality that has become the hallmark of Schäfer-Fröhlich wines.