Juwel Rheinhessen Riesling 2020

  • Winemaker Juliane Eller is one of the most exciting young winemakers in Germany
  • Juliane has turned around her family business from bulk producer to one of the rising stars in the German, and, quite frankly, international wine scene
  • Rheinhessen is the largest of Germany's thirteen wine regions, stretching across approx. 26,000 ha
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Editors notes

A Riesling full of peach and lime scents. The palate presents itself with a juicy yet delicate and elegant minerality. Moderate in alcohol, the play between sweet and sour awards it with finesse and lightness, a distinct characteristic of the JuWel wine style. Perfect for fish, poultry and white meat dishes… and especially enjoyable in your free time!


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Chalk
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

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Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivalled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation into the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative effect on the perception of German wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock German wines of high quality.

The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel Kabinett from a top producer. Germany's dry Rieslings as a rule tend to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Dr Loosen are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970s was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted on one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north-facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.


Rheinhessen, Germany's largest wine region, has a long history of grape-growing on the Rhine River that dates as far back as the Romans. The region sits in a valley of gently rolling hills, where its varied soils and favourable climate enable the growth of many grape varieties – both traditional and emerging. Though Müller-Thurgau and Riesling are the two most planted varieties, red wine varieties – primarily Dornfelder, Portugieser, and Spätburgunder – now account for roughly one-third of vineyard plantings. Other varieties include Silvaner, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. The area near the village of Nierstein produces some of the country’s fullest bodied Rieslings.

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About the brand Juwel

This up and coming estate is run by Juliane Eller. The 28-year old from Alsheim in Rheinhessen knows what she wants and is following her path without any compromises.

Initially not very impressed by wine trade and rather drawn to a degree in sports, her father convinced her to take on an internship at the iconic "Weingut Keller Flörsheim-Dalsheim". It's fair to say this marked a big turning point in her life and Juliane dedicated the next few years to learning as much as possible about the fine art of winegrowing and making. Ever since returning to her parents' winery after graduating from the University of Geisenheim in 2012, Juliane has turned around the business from bulk producer to one of the rising stars in the German, and, quite frankly, international wine scene in no time. She consequently changed over to hand-harvesting, reduced from 25 (!) to 5 varieties across 20 ha and has been working towards organic certification. In the winery whole bunches are allowed to go through a natural fermentation, gravity moves everything into small tanks where each plot is vinified separately. Her first vintage in 2013 sold out quickly and wines have been on allocation ever since.

Her credo: "In multifaceted locations around Alsheim, our grapes mature into raw diamonds. But only through the polish and cut we give them, they reveal their true nature and become what they really are: a JEWEL." Juliane Eller

To give you a quick German lesson: "Juwel" is German for "jewel" and in this instance not only a reference to the evolution of a raw diamond (grape) to a jewel (wine), displayed in her puristic, linear, clean and modern style (friends of bone-dry Rieslings will clap their hands in joy). But more so is JuWel a word play of her first name (Juliane) + Wine + her last name (Eller). Clever, isn't she?!

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