This family-run winery – named after its owner Horst Sauer and, since 2004, run together with his daughter Sandra – crafts wines of purity and intensity of ﬂavour. It is based in Escherndorf, which is between Frankfurt and Nuremberg, and is one of Franconia’s great wine-producing villages.
Since creating his first wine in 1977 (Sandra’s birth year), Horst has become one of Germany’s truly exceptional winemakers, focusing on a range from dry, or troken, wines to sublime late-harvest, sweet styles that mix richness with mouthwatering acidity.
The estate comprises 37 hectares of vines, planted with eight diﬀerent principal grape varieties, including Riesling, Silvaner, Rivaner, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Noir.
The vineyards are based around the prime Erste Lagen sites of Escherndorf Lump and Fürstenberg, as well as the exquisite Escherndorf am Lumpen site on the steepest slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard. Here the vines are over 30 years old and are classiﬁed as a Grosse Lage plot, a title awarded to the best German vineyard sites, ﬁrst recorded in 1655.