Monday, June 21, 2010
Winemaker Eva Vollmer is Germany’s Discovery of the Year 2010
Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller with Eva Vollmer in Mainz at the Market Breakfast
The Gault Millau Wine Guide Germany 2010 Awards
In Germany, there are three influential wine guides, the Eichelmann, the Gault Millau and the Feinschmecker. The 2010 Awards of the Gault Millau went to Tim Froehlich, the Estate of Baron Gleichenstein and Eva Vollmer.
Wine maker of the year: Tim Fröhlich from Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich. The "Winemaker of the Year" this time comes from the Nahe region, a small region between the Rheingau and the Mosel regions, with the Nahe river flowing through it. Tim Frohlich took over Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich in 1995.
Shooting star of the year: Gleichenstein Estate from Baden. The Estate of Baron Gleichenstein has founded in 1634 already. But only in recent years the estate has taken off under the young Baron Johannes von Gleichenstein.
Discovery of the Year: Eva Vollmer from Rheinhessen. I met Eva Vollmer recently in Mainz at the Mainzer Marktfruehstueck (Mainz Market Breakfast), where she poured her wines.
Wine Estate Eva Vollmer
Eva Vollmer is the 2010 Gault Millau Germany Wine Guide Discovery of the Year. She owns and operates - jointly with her partner in live Robert Wagner - a new Wine Estate in Rheinhessen in the outskirts of Mainz.
After studies in Geisenheim and an internship in California at Wlliam Hill and Atlas Peak, she founded the winery in 2007. She took over the vineyards of her father, who used to grow grapes only and sell them. Since then, she has not only produced outstanding wines , but also completed a Masters at the University of Giessen and is currently working on a doctorate.
The very first vintage in 2007 was Eva Vollmer’s big bang on the national wine stage. Only just under 5,000 bottles were filled from the first vintage.
Wine Estate Eva Vollmer is in the process of moving to organic wine growing.
Rheinhessen is an area that used to be known for winemakers often focusing on quantity and not quality. Rheinhessen is the largest viticultural region in Germany. Every fourth bottle of German wine comes from Rheinhessen. The high-yielder Mueller-Thurgau accounts for about 1/5 of the vineyards. Unlike in other German wine regions, where monoculture of the vine is the norm, here the many rolling hills are host to a wide variety of crops grown alongside the grape. Rheinhessen also has the rather dubious honor of being considered the birthplace of Liebfraumilch. At the same time, Rheinhessen is among Germany’s most interesting wine regions. A lot is happening there. This is not because of the terroir, but because of the people. There is an increasing group of mostly young and ambitious winemakers who want to produce and indeed do produce outstanding wine and not wines in large quantities. Eva Vollmer is one of them.
Eva Vollmer’s Classification System
Along with other winemakers, Eva is moving away from the classical German wine classification and has established her own quality standards. She groups her wines into 3 categories: Gutswein, Ortswein and Lagenwein, in line with the new VDP classification.
All wines, by law, need to be classified according to the 1971 German Wine Law. All Eva Vollmer wines are classified as QbA, regardless of the Oechsle at harvest and thus they can be chaptalized. The QbA on the label is meaningless.
Gutswein: These wines are intended for everyday consumption: uncomplicated, fresh and timulating. To guide the consumer, there is a dot behind the grape variety, for example, Silvaner..
Premiumwein: The wines of this line are complex and an ideal dinner companion. There is an exclamation point behind the grape, for example, Silvaner!.
Kultwein: Eva Vollmer’s top wines from top vineyards (Hüttberg and Böckhohl) with old vines. o help the consumer, there is a exclamation mark after the vineyard on the label, for example, Böckhohl!.
The Wine Portfolio
The Eva Vollmer wine portfolio comprises Silvaner, Scheurebe, Weißburgunder and Riesling white wines and Dornfelder und Spätburgunder red wines. There are currently about a dozent wines or so on the wine list, with prices starting at Euro 5.50 for a Silvaner. Trocken Gutswein up to a Dornfelder! Barrique for Euro 10. The wine portfolio also contains an excellent Weissburgunder! Sekt brut for Euro 9.30.
Weingut Eva Vollmer
Nieder Olmer Str. 65
Mobil: 0172/6113699 oder 0172/6883399
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