2019 Prinz Fruhernberg Trocken

Rheingau, Germany

A complex Rheingau wine, that showcases the subtle power and concentration which makes German Riesling so special.



This Rheingau masterpiece is so delicate at the front that you don’t see it coming until the stunning succulence and concentration hit you.

James Suckling

About This Wine

From a single plot of vines of less than a hectare in total, this Riesling from Prinz, like all his single vineyard wines, is a unique single-site representation of the varietal.

The slightly sandy and stony loam soils are the dominant terroir in Fruhernberg. With a steep, south-facing slope upon which the vines grow. Due to the nutrient deficient soil and the intense sunshine, the vines grow only moderately, thus producing tiny berries of exceptional concentration.

Restrained a touch at first, the wine opens with time and air, unfurling an array of fine citrus and sweet stone fruit characters alongside the hallmark minerality and spice. There is a wonderful tension to this wine between delicacy and concentration, richness, and an ethereal lightness. It really is a masterclass in German elegance and precision.

About Prinz

The term 'garagiste' is thrown around a bit when it comes to winemaker, but for Fred Prinz its highly accurate, as he makes his wines in his garage just below his home in Hallgarten in the Rheingau.

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.

Hendelberg vineyard
Hendelberg vineyard
Rheingau, Germany
Additional Info

From the Producer

The name "Früh (r) nberg" has two different meanings: due to the very good exposure, the entire development during the vegetation period is a little earlier than in comparable vineyards in Hallgarten.

The (small) grapes were golden yellow and ripe, some also overripe with a very low proportion of raisin berries. They were pressed directly, fermented in stainless steel for about 8 weeks and left on the yeast until the beginning of March.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sabine and Fred Prinz
Sabine and Fred Prinz
Rheingau, Germany
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"This Rheingau masterpiece is so delicate at the front (spring blossoms, citrus zest and white peaches) that you don’t see it coming until the stunning succulence and concentration hit you. Then the wine flips back to become super subtle at the very long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." James Suckling (James Suckling)


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