Winery to Watch 2017

Germany: Goldatzel

The Gross family founded Goldatzel in 1976, opening a small wine tavern above the hallowed vineyard in the Rheingau, but they never exported their wines until young Johannes Gross came home from his studies in Geisenheim; 2015 is Goldatzel’s first vintage in the US. He farms 29 acres spread among some of the Rheingau’s top vineyards, such as Winkeler Hasensprung, Johanisberger Hölle and, of course, Goldatzel. His wines—mostly pressed as whole bunches and fermented with ambient yeasts—are delicate and filigreed, with purity and restraint that makes them stand out among their neighbors.

Imported by Terry Theise Selections/Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY.