The term 'garagiste' is thrown around a bit when it comes to winemakers, but for Fred Prinz who makes his wines in his actual garage just below his home in Hallgarten in Rheingau, it's highly accurate.
Like many who work in the wine industry, Fred had a dream to make his own wines. In his spare time, he farmed his own 1.5-hectare holdings close to the village and made wine for fun. He quickly earned a reputation for the quality of these bottles and decided to give up the day job and work for himself.
He and his wife Sabine now own 6.5 hectares in three vineyards around Hallgarten; Jungfer with its quartzite soils, Schönhell underpinned by gravelly loam and slatey Hendelberg. Nearly 90% of his vines are Riesling, though he grows a little Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc too.