Philipp Wittmann is one of Germany’s top producers for dry Riesling. The Wittmann family has a long history of winemaking dating back to 1663. Today, Philipp champions the country’s Grosses Gewächs Riesling production, with his ‘GG’ wines being heavily sought after in the global market. The Wittmann family had been pioneers of organic viticulture in Germany in 1990 and with Philipp as the winemaker, the winery again pioneered the biodynamic wine movement in their country with their certification in 2004.
Philipp was named Winemaker of the Year 2014 by the Gault Millau Wine Guide, with the judges praising him as "one of the pioneers of organic viticulture and a driving force behind quality developments" in the southern Rheinhessen. "For many years he has produced superb dry Rieslings with fascinating ageing potential," they went on. "Almost single-handedly he elevated the Morstein site to legendary status”. He lays the foundation for wines of exceptional quality through intensive, year-round vineyard maintenance, low yields and the uncompromising selection of bunches by hand. For the most part, the wines ferment in traditional, old oak casks or stainless steel and fermentation often continues into the year following the harvest. Already firmly established as one of Germany’s superstar producers, this young winemaker has a brilliant future ahead of him.