Our best wineries from Germany, Austria, Italy

To find good wines is our passion. Accordingly, we would like to introduce our best wineries to you here. We have found these top wineries on our many wine tours, visited them personally and tasted their wines on site. It is always a pleasure for us to chat with the winegrowers and to discover the new vintages at a tasting.

The wines from our best wineries always meet the high standards of quality and taste that we expect from a good wine. When selecting the wines, we also attach great importance to a balanced price/performance ratio. Because our experience shows again and again that an excellent wine does not have to be expensive.

But now enough words, let our wine selection inspire you. We are sure that among the wines of our top wineries you will also find a good red wine or a good white wine.

Thuringian Winery Zahn

The Thuringian Zahn Winery is located in Großheringen in Thuringia on the state border with Saxony-Anhalt. The Thuringian winery belongs to the Saale/Unstrut wine region and was founded by Hartmut Zahn. Today it is run by his son André Zahn, who obtained his master winemaker's diploma in 2007.

As cellar master, André Zahn shows the great potential of his wines from the Saale/Unstrut wine-growing region.

The wines are typical of their variety and of a high quality. Whether stainless steel, large wooden barrels or barrique, André Zahn has a good feeling for his wines and finds the right ageing method for each wine. True to the motto: "Something great can grow in the cellar!"

Winery Abraham

The municipality of Eppan, home to the winery of Marlies and Martin Abraham, is located on the South Tyrolean Wine Road, just a few kilometres west of Bolzano. The winemaking couple has been vinifying their own wines since 2011 and have thus established a new era for the family-owned winery. Previously, the grapes were transferred to the local winery cooperative.

Here, vineyards are cultivated in the Eppan sites of Pagis, In der Lamm, Unterberg, Kleiner Sattel, Am Gfillbergu and Kreit. In the west of the vineyard sites, dolomite rock, lime marl, red clay and sand from the scree of the Mendel Mountains are found.
In the east, moraine soils from the last ice age predominate, intermixed with volcanic rock from very mineral-rich quartz porphyry.

The grape varieties grown at Weingut Abraham include Weissburgunder, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Blauburgunder and Vernatsch. The fact that Marlies and Martin's independent path, which was often ridiculed by fellow winemakers in the beginning, is already causing a sensation in the wine world after only 10 years is shown by the latest awards from Gault & Milau 2021/22, Falstaff Weinguide 2021/22 and VinoSlow.

Winery A&M Gattinger

The A&M Gattinger winery has been one of the best wineries in the Wachau region for years with its excellent wines. The first-class Grüner Veltliner wines with their typical peppery flavour are particularly noteworthy. A special highlight among the Wachau wines is the Chardonnay Reserve Hinter der Burg . A truly unique white wine that is best enjoyed as an evening for two or served on special occasions. But also a good red wine, which was baptized on the name Telos is to be found in the offer.

Winery Bus

The traditional BUS winery is located in the heart of the Southern Wine Route, on the outskirts of the wine-growing community of Insheim near Landau/Pfalz.

Here, the mild climate, the many days of sunshine and the fertile soils of the Southern Palatinate produce wines and sparkling wines of the highest quality every year on more than 40 hectares of cultivated land.

Both the classic grape varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir, but also popular new varieties such as Bacchus, Dornfelder or Ortega are among the specialities of the wine and sparkling wine estate.

The history of the family business goes back to the late 16th century. As the 7th generation of master winemakers, Carsten Bus can draw on his family's irreplaceable wealth of experience.

The combination of traditional viticulture and state-of-the-art harvesting and cellar technology results in first-class, individual and high-quality wines, which are given their typical fresh and fruity character by the mild climate of the Southern Palatinate.

Winery Brennfleck

Franconian wine has experienced a great upswing in recent years. This is the merit of vintners like Johann Hugo Brennfleck. Under his care, Franconian wines of the highest quality are pressed here in Sulzfeld am Main. The wine assortment of the Brennfleck estate includes wines from the grape varieties Bachus, Silvaner, Blauer Silvaner, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Domina and Dornfelder.

Winery K. Friedrich Aust

Wineries in Saxony, such as the Karl Friedrich Aust Winery in Radebeul, produce first-class white wines, tasty Winzersekt, but also delicious red wines such as the Spätburgunder here.

The Karl Friedrich Aust Winery is located in Radebeu in Saxony not far from Meissen and Dresden. The Saxon winery calls vineyards in the top locations "Radebeul Golden Carriage", "Radebeul Johannisberg" and "Radebeul Steinrücken" its own. The grapes are carefully harvested by hand in order to bring only the best quality into the wine cellar. 80% of the 5 hectares of vineyards are planted with white wine and 20% with red wine.

Winemaker Karl Friedrich Aust matures his Saxony wine in stainless steel tanks and barrique barrels.

Wine from Saxony is always a rarity due to the small area under cultivation and therefore the ideal wine gift.

Winery Luff Jugenheim

The municipality of Jugenheim, where the winery of owner Harald Luff and son Alexander is located, lies in northern Rheinhessen, very close to Mainz. Here, Harald Luff takes care of the outside operation and young winemaker Alexander Luff is responsible as cellar master for the family-owned winery.

Here, 12 hectares of vineyards are cultivated in the Jugenheim sites Goldberg, Hasensprung, St. Georgenberg and Heiligenhäuschen. The sites are mainly characterized by very poor, chalky soils with loess overlay.

The grape varieties grown at Winery Luff include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Huxelrebe, Pinot Noir and Portugieser. With the 2019 vintage, Weingut Luff from Jugenheim has launched its first wine line "WE LUFF WINE". With its minimalist labels and the developed cooperate design, the winery from Rheinhessen won the design award of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 2020.

Winery Martin Schwarz

Since 2013, Martin Schwarz, who studied viticultural engineering, has been concentrating entirely on his own wines at his winery on the outskirts of Meissen in the direction of Radebeul. Until then, the winegrower had been cellar master and advisor at the Proschwitz Castle winery for around 10 years. Together with Grit Geißler and the team of Martin Schwarz's winery, they work all vineyards and vines meticulously and lovingly by 100% hand.

The Martin Schwarz Winery has around 2.20 hectares of steep slopes (as of 2020). All of them are located along the Saxon Wine Route in Radebeul, Meissen, Diesbar - Seußlitz and Merbitz.

Some of the vineyards are almost 30 years old and planted with Riesling and Traminer. New plantations were planted with French Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.

Winery Max Müller I

Volkach stands like no other place on the Main for Franconian wine of the highest quality. Numerous Prämirte wines come from the vineyards around the wine village Volkach. The Max Müller I winery is also based here. The Max Müller Winery's range of products includes wines from the Silvaner, Riesling, Bachus, Weissburgunder, Scheurebe, Müller-Thurgau and Domina grape varieties.

Winery Manfred Rothe

The winery of organic winemaker Manfred Rothe and his family has been focusing on organic winegrowing for almost 40 years now. This means concretely renouncing artificial fertilisers, glyphosate and any kind of pesticides in the vineyard. Nature thanks the winegrower and every wine lover with wines full of minerality and of complex structure. The wines from the Bioweingut Rothe from Nordheim am Main have therefore been among the best organic wines on the market for many years. This is also confirmed by the numerous awards and evaluations of the relevant wine trade press such as Fallstaff, Vinum, Eichelmann, Gault Millau or Der Feinschmecker.

In order to continue his ecologically orientated way of wine production Manfred Rothe increasingly consciously refrains from the well-known quality classifications according to the EU wine market regulation such as quality wine or Prädikatswein etc. This in no way means that the quality of the wines falls by the wayside. On the contrary - it gives winegrowers freedom from the constraints of the EU wine market regulation to raise their organic wines to a new level in terms of both quality and taste. Nature simply does not like regulations. This is also the path taken by winegrowers in other wine-growing regions, such as Italy. These wines then bear the designation "Landwein", which does not detract from their high quality.

The Franconian winegrower also pays attention to the production of amphora wine or also called natural wine. Especially for this purpose Manfred Rothe has buried 2 oversized Georgian wine amphorae made of clay in his wine cellar. This way of producing wine has a tradition of more than 7000 years and requires a great deal of knowledge and sensitivity in the production of amphora wine.

Pfannenstielhof Winery

It's hard to believe, but I became aware of Margareth and Johannes Pfeifer's Pfannenstielhof winery via Instagram. What particularly fascinated me about the reports on this South Tyrolean winery, and still does today, is the fact that the Pfannenstielhof winery only vinifies 6 red wines. Full stop. And on top of that, Johannes Pfeifer - the cellar master at Pfannenstielhof - is supposed to be the Lagrein specialist. So there was enough excitement in the run-up.

So it was a must for me and my wife to visit the Pfannenstielhof in Bolzano to taste the red wines praised by customers and experts. No sooner said than done - after a night of continuous rain in South Tyrol, the time had finally come. We arranged a tasting appointment with Margareth - the boss of the house - in the morning at short notice.

When we arrived at the winery after a short search and sat down on the terrace with a view of the vineyard below the St. Magdalena church, we immediately noticed one thing: Wind. There was a pleasant breeze around the winery and through the vineyard. When asked about this, Margareth told us that this was the air current coming from the Garda Pass, which you don't feel in Bolzano itself, because it moves along the slopes of the Bolzano basin. And it is precisely these winds that create a unique microclimate around the Pfannenstielhof. This is because the grapes dry very quickly after the rain, which is very good for the health of the grapes. Mould therefore hardly has a chance and sprays are only needed very discreetly. In addition, the lower part of the vineyard stands on the alluvial soil of the Rivelaunbach. And that is exactly the perfect soil for Lagrein.

All these details and Margareth and Johannes Pfeifer's feeling for the vineyard and the wine contribute to the unique maturation of the wines and the tasting of the small but extremely fine range of wines was a great taste experience and a complete success. We were only too happy to include the red wines of the Pfannenstielhof in our range. The wines are simply an absolute enrichment of our wine range. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Winery Plos

The Heurigen and the winery Plos are located in Sooß, a small village in the heart of the thermal region, known for excellent wines and the many Heurigen establishments, which can be found along the main street of Sooß.

Daniel Plos successfully took over his uncle Karl Plos' winery in 2016 and has since been able to collect several awards for his wines.

Over the years, Karl and his wife Maria Plos have managed to establish the once small Buschenschank as one of the hottest meeting places in Sooß. They are still responsible for the Heurigen buffet and the kitchen.

Daniel Plos has been responsible for the family's wines since 2010. Although he grew up in a family with his own Heurigen business, his passion for wine and viticulture only crystallized after his training as a master painter. After the wine management college in Krems, he was able to continue his training as a viticultural craftsman in Silberberg. The most important experiences in his training, however, he was able to gain during his practical year in Göttelsbrunn.

Since 2016 he has officially taken over the winery from his uncle Karl Plos, who continues to support him and runs the Heuriger together with his aunt Maria Plos.

The vineyards are located around Sooß and at the nearby Harterberg.

The special features of the growing area include the brown earth of the Muschelkalk soil and the protected conditions provided by the foothills of the Alps, which therefore offer perfect weather conditions for the grapes, especially for the red wine varieties.

On the Harterberg, the grapes can fully develop to maturity thanks to the good water storage capacity of the sandy loam soils and the high stone content of the topsoil, which has a positive influence on the heat radiation.

The high lime content of the region offers the perfect conditions for Burgundy varieties such as St. Laurent, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc and for the Rotgipfler variety typical of the region. In cultivation, care is taken to avoid the use of insecticides and herbicides and to strengthen the soil life by planting vegetation between the rows.

When processing the grapes, it is particularly important for the young winemaker to maintain the health of the grapes and to intervene as little as possible in the cellar in order to preserve the quality of the grapes and to get the unadulterated character of the soils and varieties into the bottle.

In the future, Daniel would like to pay more attention to the regionally typical varieties and put even more emphasis on sustainability and recycling.

Winery Rummel Hochstadt

Since 2016, the young winemaker Patric Rummel has been responsible for the approximately 14 hectares of family-owned vineyards in Hochstadt and the surrounding area. Under his direction, the vineyards are tended, the grapes are processed and the wines are vinified.

With his great commitment and his love of wine, Patric Rummel has managed to raise the quality of his wines and their expression to a first-class level within a short period of time. He pursues clear ideas in the vinification of contemporary wines. And he does this with great enthusiasm, as we were able to experience for ourselves during our visit to the winery and the tasting of his wine collection.

The winery's range includes the white wine varieties Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Grüner Silvaner, Kerner and Riesling. In the red wine assortment, Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and Portugieser are available.

Winery Schloss Plars

A wine from Plars Castle in Algund in South Tyrol is something very special. The small owner-managed family winery with a vineyard of about 2ha produces only about 10000 bottles of wine per year. Accordingly, the excellent wines from winegrower Andreas Theiner are very rare. Especially the Muskateller Spinel with an annual production of only about 400 bottles is a real rarity.

We got to know the South Tyrolean wines from Weingut Schlss Plars and Winegrower Andreas Theiner during our summer holiday in Algund at a wine tasting at Schloss Plars. And it was love at first sip.

Our absolute wine favourites are the South Tyrolean Pinot Blanc Pataun, the South Tyrolean Sauvignon Marzan, the South Tyrolean Muscatel Spinel and the South Tyrolean Merlot-Lagrein. All of these wines, all of them dry, are full of character, typical of their variety and very authentic. Each wine reveals a unique play of aromas in the mouth and on the palate, making every glass of wine a real treat. Therefore, the decision was made very quickly to include the South Tyrolean wines from Schloss Plars in our exquisite wine assortment. Taste it - you will be delighted with the wines.

Winery Stich im Löwen

The motto of the Gerhard & Helga Stich winery in the Churfranken wine-growing region is: "WINES WITH CHARACTERISTICS FOR PEOPLE WITH CHARACTERISTICS".

The first-class Franconian wines of this excellent vineyard from Churfranken have already been awarded several times by the Falstaff. Among them the 2017 "Frank & Frei" Müller-Thurgau trocken or the 2016 Bürgstadt Centgrafenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken.

The wine world of Weingut Stich is the terroir of the Centgrafenberg and the Hundsrück. Together with others, they are considered the most valuable steep slopes in the Churfranken region. On these sites, which have been cultivated over the centuries in the arch of the Main near Bürgstadt, sun-loving Pinot Noir vines with their artistic dry stone walls made of red sandstone grow into large plants. Aware of this tradition, Helga and Gerhard Stich, as trained winegrowers and viticultural technicians, became convinced of everything that is beneficial to wine and its enjoyment. Sustainability was already a buzzword for the two of them even before it became a buzzword. Both come from winegrowing families in which gastronomy and the wooden cooperage have been practised for generations and have been directing the fortunes of the winery with the whole family for over 25 years. The boundaries between work and leisure are fluid. Everyone sets their own accents to achieve something so harmonious that year after year we are completely convinced and always happy.

The domicile of the Stich Winery is the former inn "Zum Löwen", which gave the estate its name. The historic house from the turn of the century, built with yellow clinker bricks and its red sandstone decorations, has been carefully renovated so that its character, which was influenced by the outgoing Art Nouveau, has been uniquely preserved. We would like to invite you to our cosy wine tavern and the stylish tasting room for wine tasting. Exceptionally well preserved and worth a visit is also our wine bottle storage, which once served as a banqueting hall. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Weingut Trautsamwieser Karin und Josef

Wir kennen das Weingut Trautsamwieser aus Weißenkirchen in der schönen Wachau in Niederösterreich bereits seit mehr als 25 Jahren. Für uns ist es bei jedem Besuch in der Wachau ein absolutes "Must have" den Heurigenschank von Karin und Josef Trautsamwieser zu besuchen, denn neben den sehr guten Weinen macht Karin und ihr Team einfach die beste Bretteljause in der Wachau! Insbesondere die Aufstriche sind sensationell.

Und wie es der Zufall manchmal will, waren wir im September 2021 gerade in der Wachau auf Weineinkaufstour, als der Wachauer Weinherbst stattfand. Da mussten wir einfach die Gelegenheit nutzen und die aktuellen Weine von Weingut Trautsamwieser verkosten. Zudem erfurhren wir, dass seit kurzer Zeit Tochter Birgit nach erfolgreichem Abschluss Ihres Weinbaustudiums die Geschicke im Weinberg und Weinkeller zusammen mit Ihrem Vater lenkt. Und wir finden, dass dieser frische Wind im Weingut auch die Qualität der bereits sehr guten Weine weiter voranbringt. Da war es nur zu selbstversändlich die Weine des Weingutes Trautsamwieser mit in unser Sortiment mit aufzunehmen.

Kellerei Bozen

Die Kellerei Bozen ist eine Weinbaugenossenschaft mit über 100-jähriger Geschichte. Zur Kellereigenossenschaft gehören Stand 2021 224 Winzerfamilien. Sie ging 2001 aus dem Zusammenschluss der Grieser- und St. Magdalener-Kellerei hervor. Das Ziel der Fussion war es, die Kräfte beider Kellereien zu bündeln, um diese zu einer der führenden Weinkellereien Südtirols auszubauen.

So war es nur folgerichtig, dass die Kellerei Bozen in einen Kellereineubau am Moritzinger Weg 36 am Rande von Bozen nahe der MEBO investierte. Dies war ein entscheidender Schritt, um die Produktion und Vermarktung der produzierten Weine auf ein neues Spitzenniveau zu heben. Der Umzug in die neue Produktionsstätte erfolgte dann im Jahr 2018, genau 110 Jahre nach Gründung der Grieser Kellerei durch 30 Weinbauern.

Wir hatten im Sommer 2021 das Glück bei einer privaten Führung die nach neusten ökologischen und technischen Standards gebaute Weinkellerei zu besichtigen. Wir können nur sagen, es ist atemberaubend und sehr beeindruckend zu sehen, welcher Aufwand hier betrieben wird, um in jeder Hinsicht exzelente Weine zu vinifizieren. Dabei wurde bei der schier unglaublichen und nach außen hin unsichtbaren Größe der neuen Kellerei auch an sehr viele kleine Details im Produktionsprozess gedacht, um eine schonenende Verarbeitung der Trauben zu erreichen.

Genau diese Details sind es dann sicher auch, die dazu führen, dass die Weine der Kellerei Bozen von sehr hoher Qualität und geschmacklich hervorragend sind. Man kann förmlich den hohen Aufwand der betrieben wird im Glas schmecken. Und auch neuen und interessanten Wegen bei der Weinherstellung steht man in der Kellerei Bozen offen gegenüber, wie wir im Weinkeller sehen konnten.

Somit kann man sagen, das ehrgeizige Ziel, zu den besten Weinkellereien in Südtirol und auch darüber hinaus zu gehören, wurde erreicht. Chapeau!

Winery Josef Brigl

The Josef Brigl Winery is the oldest family-run winery in South Tyrol. This means that the name Brigl has been associated with the wine press culture in South Tyrol for 700 years. Currently, the 22nd generation of the Brigl family, the Junior, is ready to continue the traditions of the Brigl Winery with commitment and investment in the future. This includes, in particular, the careful processing of the grapes and the most modern cellar technology, in order to be able to bring top class new wines onto the market every year.

Winery St. Pauls

The St. Pauls Winery Cooperative was founded in 1907 by 36 wine growers from St. Pauls, Missian, Berg and Unterrain.

In 2007, the St. Pauls Winery, now with 215 members, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

The wine assortment of the winery is composed of the classic line "ST. PAULS", with all the typical wines of South Tyrol and the "PASSION" line with wines of strong character, aged in wooden barrels. SANCTISSIMUS, a Pinot Blanc aged in amphorae, is an exceptional wine, which has been added to the winery's selection since 2014 and is only produced in special vintages.