The Leitz (pronounced “lights”) family has been making wine since the mid-eighteenth century. Johannes Leitz took over the family property when he was just 22 and has made a name for Leitz in the Rheingau. The 2002 vintage was particularly lauded, most notably the dry Spätlese from the Berg Rottland vineyard, rich with stone fruit and lots of refreshing acidity. Leitz is considered to be a rising star of the Rheingau and he does things a bit differently than his peers, including aging his wines on the lees, which gives them a sweet weightiness that plays with the classic Rheingau mineral character. These are some of the top dry wines of Germany, and most definitely worth trying.


Text: Erin Brooks ± Photo: OWCIBES / weinhauss / WINEX / MONTROSE / TOASTER / WEBME