Saturday, October 7, 2023

Great Germany Map: Wine Country Germany According to "vom Boden", US Importer of German Premium Wine Focusing on Small Growers

Vom Boden (translated: from the soil) is a leading US importer of German wine with a focus of off-the beaten track, small, innovative winemakers. Recently vom Boden published a map of the German wine regions with the producers that vom Boden import. If I am not mistaken, the map was made for the forthcoming book vom Boden: Ten Years of Hocks & Moselles (To be released November 2023)

I am re-releasing the maps with some pictures vom Boden producers which we visited recently on a ombiasy WineTour by Annette Schiller. Admittedly, the producers we have visited are in the minority. Of course, when people fly over from far away to Germany they are mostly interested in the well-established producers, although Annette always tries to included small, new, innovative winemakes with a view of broadening the perspective of the tour participants. Also, some of the producers do not have the capacity to receive a group of 12 people or so and conduct a proper wine tasting.

Christian Schiller, Stephen Bitterolf, Annette Schiller in New York City. See: A German Riesling Feast in New York City: Rieslingfeier 2016, USA 

Vom Boden

Stephen Bitterolf: Vom Boden is a small company, focusing on small growers, and it will stay that way. The heart of the portfolio is clearly in Germany, though we are proud to represent small estates in Austria, France and the U.S. 

All vom Boden winemaker/growers occupy a sort of periphery, either in terms of their geography or how they work in their respective geographies. Vom Boden: the center of the edge.

Our growers work their vineyards in methods that respect their vineyards. This is less a matter of dogma and marketing, less a matter of being organic or biodynamic and more a matter of respect for the land, for doing things the right way (yes, most are working or certified organic and biodynamic).

In all these old world countries, good farming is often part and parcel of preserving sites which have been worked for generations, for the next generation. All in all the growers of vom Boden use rather non-interventionist methods – the clichéd “less is more” thing. The “geek sheets” for each producer (on their respective pages) will give you the details on exactly how each grower works.


Julian Haart

Peter Lauer

Pictures: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Peter Lauer in Ayl, Upper Mosel, Saar Valley, with Katharina Lauer and Peter Lauer - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling









Rheingau and Rheinhessen

JB Becker

Pictures: Tasting at Weingut J.B. Becker in Walluf, Rheingau, with Hajo Becker – Germany-North Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours







Enderle & Moll



Pictures: Raffaele Fazio, Annette Schiller and Christoph Wolber - Winemaker Dinner with Christoph Wolber of New-wave Producer Weingut Wasenhaus, Baden, at Schaumahl, Offenbach/ Frankfurt, 16 Points Gault Millau, Germany


Pictures: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Zehnthof Luckert, in Sulzfeld, Franken, with Philipp Luckert - Germany-East Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Art, Culture, History - Berlin, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen, Württemberg, Franken


Pictures: Tasting at Weingut Beurer (VDP) in Kernen, Württemberg, with Jochen Beurer - Germany "From Berlin to Frankfurt" 2023 (Saale Unstrut, Sachsen, Franken, Württemberg) by ombiasy WineTours


Pictures: Tasting at Weingut Emrich-Schönleber in Monzingen, Nahe, with Owner/ Winemaker Frank Schönleber - Germany-North Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours


Konni & Evi

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