Himmel (Hochheim) ORGANIC under conversion

It was a tip from Angela Kuhn that brought us to the door of heaven in Hochheim. Himmel is German for heaven, and yes, we think Annette and Emmerich Himmel’s dry Rieslings are heavenly. Hochheim Riesling was Queen Victoria’s favourite wine – and where the word “Hock” comes from, back when German wines were the most expensive in the world. As you’d expect from the Rheingau, their Rieslings are a geological extravaganza in your mouth. Perfumed, blackcurrant leaf, petrol, peach and spice, surging with racy freshness. Daughter Katrin is now working in the winery alongside finishing her studies at nearby Geisenheim, the top wine university in Germany. Their 2011s are electric.