Jakob Schneider (Niederhausern)

Spicy, dry Rieslings by Jakob Junior. Strictly speaking, his name is Jakob Schneider, not to be confused with his Lederhosen-wearing dad, Jakob Schneider. Junior has just finished at Germany’s top wine college Geisenheim and has come back buzzing with energy and ideas about how he wants the wine to taste. As long as he still makes some sweet wine for his Grandmother, his parents are quite happy to let him loose in the cellar and on the small parcels of vines around the village of Niederhausen. He’s whizzing around on his tractor, meeting us, running around the cellar, doing his thing – dry, exotic Riesling, fizzing with savoury minerals drawn from the deep red, iron-rich slate.