Leiner

Leiner

Weingut Jürgen Leiner is located in Ilbesheim in the southern Pfalz, at the edge of the Pfalzerwald (Pfalz forest) and about thirty minutes’ drive north of the Alsatian border.  They own 16.5 hectares and produce about 120,000 bottles of Riesling, Pinot Noir, and a few other varieties. They are Demeter certified biodynamic and members of Slow Food.


The wines are “natural” but also perfectly clean and pure. Every label has a different insect from the vineyards on the label, a celebration of the life found among the vines. The soils are a complicated geology, generally loess and loam mixed with limestone, but there is a distinct terroir of colored sandstone (bundsandstein) and alluvial mix on the Pinot site and another special soil in the Riesling vineyards with an awesome German name: landschneckenkalk, or literally “land snail chalk.” Again, with the bugs. The Rieslings we are working with are vinified in steel, and the Pinot is aged 9 months in large fuder. The winery ferments with natural yeasts, and experiments with longer lees and skin contact. I have rarely had Pfalzer Rieslings with such dynamic energy and lip-smacking fruit as the Leiners, and the Spätburgunder “Handwerk” is one of the purest, silkiest, most enticingly ripe Pinots I have ever tasted.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB3511-15
Biodynamic
Spätburgunder Trocken "Handwerk"
2015
Spätburgunder
Grown in a mix of bundsandstein (colored sandstone) and alluvial soils on gentle slopes protected from inclement weather by the nearby... Read More
Germany Pfalz

DB3508-17
Biodynamic
Riesling Trocken "Handwerk"
2017
Riesling
The “Handwerk” line is hand-crafted as the name suggests:  biodynamically grown, manually harvested and vinified in small quantities.  You... Read More
Germany Pfalz

DB3507-16
Biodynamic
Riesling Trocken
2016
Riesling
Grown in loess and loam soils from vineyards in and around Ilbesheim in the southeastern Pfalz. 100% vinified in steel. A killer value in... Read More
Germany Pfalz