The Fröhlich family has been cultivating grape vines for over 200 years. Situated in the village of Bockenau, Nahe, Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich was founded in the 1970s, with two families melded through marriage. In 1993, at the age of 19, the extraordinarily talented Tim Fröhlich took over the family estate, making his first vintage in 1995. Today, Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich is one of the most renowned estates in Germany.
Tim has gradually made acquisitions in some of the best vineyards in the middle Nahe region, nearly doubling the family’s holdings, and Schäfer-Fröhlich today farm 21 hectares. Characterised by dramatic slopes and craggy outcrops of metamorphic rock, some of these outstanding vineyards are so steep (up to 70% incline) that they must be worked entirely by hand. The vineyards are meticulously managed, and yields are kept intentionally low. 18 hectares are planted to Riesling, while the remainder is different Pinot varieties.
Tim aims for precision and elegance in his winemaking, with a strong adherence to wild yeast fermentation, a focus on minerality, and an emphasis on stainless steel aging. Even in hot and dry vintages, he manages to preserve acidity in his wines. In 2019, James Suckling named the Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Nahe Felseneck GG 2018 the best white wine of the year (it was also the top-ranking German wine). Unmistakable, authentic wines – lithe and uncompromisingly angular, with great energy, from one of Germany’s best producers.