Not only are these wines from a region that rarely exports to the U.S., but Christian Stahl's wines are the antithesis of everything we've been taught to believe about Germany.
Winemaker Crush: Christian Stahl of Winzerhof Stahl
by Mary Kong-DeVito
Meet Christian Stahl of Winzerhof Stahl in Franconia, Germany.
His sustainable, natural wines blend modern technique with traditional foundations to produce contemporary Franconian wines that are “finely balanced and precisely structured. Complex and chiseled. Fascinating from start to finish. With body and soul,” according to the winemaker.
You could say winemaking is in his blood. Christian grew up on the family vineyards, which have been around since 1814! Christian doesn't subscribe to the classic German prädikat system of wine classification. Instead of seeking out specific designations, such as kabinet or spätlese, he crafts dry wines that reflect the climate and terroir of his native Franconia.
Named “2008 Young Winegrower of the Year" and “2018 Winemaker of the Year” by renowned British wine journalist Stuart Pigott, Christian is known for producing innovative, creative white wines.
If your impression of German wine is that it will always be overly sweet or fruity, then you need to check out Winzerhof Stahl wines now. Not only are these wines from a region that rarely exports to the U.S., but they are the antithesis of everything we've been taught to believe about Germany. Their razor sharp acidity, expressive minerality, and clean, dry finish will leave your mouth watering for another glass.
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Photos courtesy of Winzerhof Stahl