J.B. Schäfer

Area under vine: 6 ha / 14 acres
Main grape varieties: Riesling, Scheurebe, Grauburgunder
Bottles per year: 60,000

Sebastian Schäfer, after taking over the family winery from his father Johann Baptist Schäfer, today represents the fourth generation of winemaking at the estate. His strict and passionate determination for quality, has brought him several achievements: JB Schäfer is one of the first VDP estates from the Nahe region and produces wines which are far from being conventional or mainstream. The estate is situated in Burg Layen on the Nahe River and it is most renowned for its terroir-driven distinctive Rieslings, which predominantly grow in the famous vineyard sites of Burg Layer Schlossberg, Dorsheimer Goldloch and Dorsheimer Pittermännchen,  situated in the neighboring wine-growing villages of Laubenheim, Rümmelsheim, and Dorsheim, a few kilometers northeast of Bad Kreuznach. The word “Goldloch” probably refers to a buried gold mine tunnel while “Pittermännchen” is a 16th-century German expression for a silver coin. Most of the vineyards have a southern alignment with a gradient of up to 45% - 50% and – typical Nahe and a large variety of soils. The wines out of these great vineyards express an immense harmony and potential, and they become more original and entertaining every year. In Sebastian’s opinion, all the essential work is done by the vine itself. He just provides some gentle support – harvesting at the perfect moment and ensuring the wine’s quality during the fermentation process.

“Being counted amongst the top producers means above all: we still need to get better!"