The Winery’s David Motion was recently involved in a Dragon’s Den type German Wine event and there were two clear winners, Bischel and Kuhling-Gillot. Both are now freshly in the UK and on our shelves.
Before marrying Oliver Spanier of Battenfeld-Spanier, another Rheinhessen star (see entry below), Carolin was born Kuhling-Gillot. Her family has wonderful vineyards overlooking the Rhine on Rheinhessen’s eastern flank in the legendary villages of Oppenheim, Nackenheim and Nierstein. Many of their vineyards are on the Roter Hang (the red cliffs), thick with iron oxide which imparts the wines with an almost tropical spice and intensity.
Oliver now makes the wines for both Kuhling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier. Their dry Rieslings are benchmarks for the region. Bold, opulent, powerful. We also managed to scoop up a handful of bottles of the Burgweg Spatburgunder GG. Yum.
Carolin and Oliver live in Hohen-Sulzen, south Rheinhessen, with their boys, Louis and Leopold.