Schäfer Fröhlich

Region: Nahe

In 2005 the Gault-Millau/German Wine Guide chose Tim Fröhlich as newcomer of the year and just a few years later in 2010 as the youngest winemaker of the year ever. In 2019 Tim received the prestigious title of “Best White Wine in the World” from James Suckling. In 1998 he stepped into a virtually unknown estate and shaped it into one of the top Nahe estates in a very short period of time.

The estate has ownership in the slate based, quartzite laced sites of Felseneck in Bockenau and Halenberg and Frühlingsplätzchen (red slate) in Monzingen. The porphyr based vineyards Stromberg in Bockenau and Felsenberg and Kupfergrube in Schlossböckelheim.

Tim is a “master” of indigenous yeast fermentation.  His Grosses Gewächs wines continuously garner some of the highest scores in Germany and his noble sweets and Eisweins are some of the finest produced anywhere.  

The family farms an area of 21 ha (approx. 120.000 bottles / year). 85% are planted with the Riesling vine, 15% with different Pinot varietals. The traditionally well known steep slopes (up to 70% steep) in Bockenau; Stromberg and Felseneck, in Schlossboeckelheim; Kupfergrube and Felsenberg and in Monzingen; Frühlingsplaetzchen and Halenberg are the foundation of their distinctive and authentic wines, due to their different sparse and rocky soils.
The symbioses of the taste of ripe Riesling fruit and the minerals, coming from the different soils, gives a great complexity and its own special character to each wine.

Schäfer-Fröhlich is a member of the VDP.

Estate Profile

Owner

Hans & Karin Fröhlich (mother & father)
Tim Fröhlich (son)

Wine Makers

Tim Fröhlich

History

Tim is the  9th generation

Growing Area

21 hectares

Bottle Production

10,000 cases

Vineyards

Bockenauer Felseneck (7.5ha)
Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg (2.6ha)
Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube (0.4ha)
Monzinger Halenberg (0.4ha)
Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen (0.4ha)

Soils

Bockenauer Felseneck – Blue Devonian slate, basalt and quartz
Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg – Weathered volcanic porphyry soils and quartz
Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube – Weathered volcanic porphyry soils
Monzinger Halenberg – Blue slate, gravel and quartz
Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen – Red slate, gravel and quartz

Varietals

85% Riesling
10% Pinot Blanc
5% Pinot Noir

Wines

Schäfer Fröhlich Estate Dry Riesling
Schäfer Fröhlich Estate Pinot Blanc
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Schiefergestein
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Kabinett, Felseneck
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Spätlese, Felseneck
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Felseneck
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Felsenberg
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Frühlingsplätzchen
Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Stromberg
Schäfer Fröhlich Blanc de Noir

Dry vs Sweet

70% Dry
30% Sweet

Cellar

70% Stainless Steel
20% Neutral wood
10% Barrique

Eco-Friendly

Practicing Eco-Friendly

VDP Member

Since 2001

Trade Resources

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Estate Dry Riesling

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Estate Pinot Blanc

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Vulkangestein

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Schiefergestein

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Kabinett, Felseneck

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling Spätlese, Felseneck

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Felseneck

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Felsenberg

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Frühlingsplätzchen

2018 Schäfer Fröhlich Riesling GG, Stromberg

2019 Schäfer Fröhlich Blanc de Noir