Neiss Riesling Trocken 2020, Pfalz, Germany

In 1959, Ludi Neiss and his wife Christine were farmers with a winery. In the 1970’s, they converted all of their holdings to vineyards, and in 1997, their son Axel Neiss took over. A fifth-generation winemaker, Axel modernized the family’s wine estate. The existing wines were replaced by classical grape varieties and the estate was increased in size to incorporate some of the best sites in the region. Located in the commune of Kindenheim, in the winegrowing region of Pfalz (or Palatinate), the vineyard areas total 17 hectares with holdings in the following sites: Burgweg, Frafenstuck, Vogelsang, Heiligenkirche, Schlossberg and Sonnenberg. In this northern-most cool-climate region, vines grow deep roots in mineral-rich soils, with large amounts of chalk. Half of the family’s vineyards are planted with white varietals and the other half with red.