von Winning, Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs, 2018 (1.5L)

White Wine from Pfalz, Germany
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Von Winning produces some of the finest dry wines in the Pfalz, if not all of Germany. Each wine, from an entry-level Riesling to the heralded Grosses Gewachs, is a microcosm of the Pfalz’s unique mineral profile, and of the fastidious winemaking at the estate.

Although the domaine was established in the 1860s, its fortunes rose in 2007 when Stephan Attman was appointed head winemaker. Stephan chose to abandon the stainless steel fermentation typically favored for Riesling and return to the old way of fermenting in wood, a practice that encourages structure and complexity.

V-W has vines in some of the most revered terroir in the Pfalz, including 8 different GG sites—no where else can you taste Riesling grown on such a diverse set of terroirs, including limestone, sandstone and volcanic basalt.

They are all fermented in large (typically old) oak barrels. The fermentation is long and slow, and the wines are aged on their lees for 1.5-2 years, producing a fascinating texture, simultaneously rich and ethereally fleeting.

The GGs of von Winning have virtually unlimited aging potential; there is a perfect balance struck between acidity, minerality and concentrated fruit.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The 2018 Kalkofen GG "VDP. Grosse Lage" is intense and toasty on the ripe, pure and chalky nose with its lime aromas. Concentrated, very intense and persistent on the palate, this is a pretty sweetish as well as tannic Riesling with vivacious acidity and a long and intense, well-structured mineral finish. Impressive but still young. Tasted in Deidesheim, December 2019."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Winery Village: Deidesheim
Grape Variety: Riesling
Appellation: Pfalz
Vineyard: Kalkofen (Deidesheim)
Soil: Limestone, Loam, & sand
Exposition: South
Fermentation & Elevage: Spontaneous fermentation in 500L barrels, left on the gross lees for 18 months
Classification: VDP.GROSSEN LAGE®
UPC: 7-47736 54789-7


A sheltered site that is surrounded by sandstone walls with a former coral reef (limestone) beneath. Kalkofen sits on a plateau above Deidesheim. It is not surprising that limestone dominates the geology of the Kalkofen. Abundant limestone intersperses loess-loam and marl clay and appears occasionally as gravel in this 5-hectare site. The soil of this south-facing vineyard is heavy and has a medium water storage capacity. Kalkofen rises from 185 to 200 metres a.s.l. at 2 – 10 % slope. The slight elevation allows the vine rows good aeration and a sandstone wall on the north side protects them. The site is located in a narrow, warm belt along the foothills of the Haardt hills. The average temperatures are high and precipitation is low. History: The name points not only to the abundance of limestone in this vineyard, but also that there was indeed a Kalkofen (limestone oven) located in this site in the 15th century. The Kalkofen has long been known for the high quality of its wines and was already classified as an Erste Lage in 1828.


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German Wines

Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!