A believer in low intervention wine making practices and grape health right from the get go. Andreas Benders wines need no extra adjustments in the winery, resulting in a true German terroir experience.
Friday February 10th to taste a selection of Andreas's wines, including a side-by-side tasting of 3 of his iconic Rieslings. Paired with a Cheese and charcuterie platter from our friends at Peasant.
Hosted by Andreas Bender
Two Seating Times Available
From daredevil like steep slopes along the Mosel, Andreas produces extra- ordinary Rieslings. In doing so, he also thwarts a few German wine making conventions. He may be a traditionalist, but that doesn’t mean he follows all the rules! The results are wines with strong personalities and character which only reflect their maker’s attitude. The man is impossible to stereotype. In North America, Cowboys often would call an unbranded free roaming calf a “Maverick.” It’s a fitting name for someone like Andreas who is nonconformist, in- dependent-minded, and true to his own path.
One Man Show
Bender’s father, Ludwig, produced grapevines by grafting new root stalks in the Mosel. At home, the Benders also made wine in traditional wine barrels. This is undoubtedly where Andrea’s interest in wine began. At a tender age of 13, the young Bender practiced enological experiments in his basement to produce his very first wine.
After graduation he studied Enology in Geisenheim and travelled to other vineyards around the world to work and gather experiences. For many years Andreas worked in Wein-Marketing but this made him restless. Finally in 2008 he returned to his roots on the Mosel and started a one- man-winery inheriting 1950-60’s equipment from his predecessors. Today Andreas is not just one man, he’s every - man! He’s vineyard owner, winery manager, cellar master, Unimog driver, vineyard worker, harvester, marketing director and export manager. Thankfully, a few good friends and family members provide support when it’s harvest or bottling time! It’s no surprise he drives over 80.000 km per year, works a ton, and sleeps little. Flexibly and spontaneous reaction is on the daily “to do” list.