Stein am Rhein is certainly not one of the world’s better-known wine regions! But when you visit the dramatically steep, south-facing vineyards of Weingut Florin you are reminded of the very best terroirs along the Mosel or Rhine rivers in Germany; this vineyard site surely has huge potential!
Gifted young winemaker Andreas Florin took over these prime vineyards rising behind the picturesque village of Stein-am-Rhein only 10 years ago. In this short space of time he has produced a range of wines of impressive quality, proving that if you combine genuine winemaking talent, hard work and an ideal grape-growing location then you can make excellent wine.
His Chardonnay is very fine and elegant, cool and crisp but with gentle peach fruit and extremely subtle vanilla oak. It is long on the finish with almost Burgundian minerality. His Pinot Noir is surprisingly fruity – red and black cherry – with gentle tannins, fresh acidity and again the minerality on the finish which is a sign of a very good terroir. If this is what he can do in only his second vintage then the future for Andreas Florin is very bright indeed!