Martin creates complex, classy wines in Germany's Nahe ValleyRead more
When you think of the great European wine countries, Luxembourg isn’t normally the first name that springs to mind. But with a winemaking history that dates back to Roman times and 26 miles of hillside vineyards on the banks of the Moselle river, across from Germany’s most famous wine region, Luxembourg is capable of producing truly world-class wines.
Just like the German side of the Mosel, the king of Luxembourg wines is Riesling. It’s a grape that runs in the blood of winemaker Stephan Weber, who grew up in one of the most iconic Riesling towns in Germany, Wiltingen an der Saar.
Before becoming a winemaker, Stephan actually studied to become a civil engineer, but the call to his roots was too strong to resist. After honing his craft at renowned wineries in Germany and Austria, he settled down in Luxembourg and now devotes himself to making fine, age-worthy Rieslings. His dream is to one day make a wine that will age so gracefully, it could still be enjoyed by his great-grandchildren in the future.
Marica Bonomo is exactly the sort of person we love to support at Naked. A super-talented third generation winemaker at her family’s Veneto winery, which she runs with her siblings, parents and uncle.
Marica’s clan have been making top-quality Italian wines for 64 years. But until recently, they were a bit of a hidden gem. That’s because while Veneto is one of Italy’s most celebrated wine regions, home to iconic wines like Valpolicella and Amarone, Marica’s family are based around the lesser-known Custoza and Bardolino areas. So they’ve been long overshadowed by their more famous neighbours, despite having access to almost the exact same soils, climate and grapes.
Josh is an up-and-coming winemaker with four generations of Barossa grape-growers blood flowing through his veins. From growing up on a Penfolds vineyard to cutting his teeth at Henschke, you could say Australia’s top 2 wineries made him who he is. And what a talent they’ve made.
After helping put his family winery on the map, Josh is excited to branch out and make his own wines, with his name on the label. He’s taking a fresh approach to traditional Aussie wines, backed by barrels of passion, industry know-how, and a knack for securing the best parcels of grapes…
That’s because he comes with an incredible network of grape-growing buddies. Lots of the guys now running the vineyards around his patch - in the Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek - are his age. They all went to school together and share an unbreakable bond. And it’s thanks to these relationships that he’s able to get hold of really top-quality fruit to make his wines for you.
Urban and Eva Kaufmann’s winemaking journey is like something out of the movies. When they first met in 2012, he was a rising star in the cheese world and she was the director at one of Germany’s biggest wine organisations, but they hit it off immediately. And within two years, they’d jumped head first into a brand new life…
Eva had had her heart set on becoming a winemaker for a while and Urban was quite the wine-lover himself, so between them they pooled all their savings to buy up a winery at the heart of Germany’s historic Rheingau wine region, which is famed for its exquisite Rieslings and high-quality local wines.
With Urban clattering around in the winery and Eva guiding by his side, they’ve already left quite the mark, converting their entire operation to biodynamic practices and swapping out old oak barrels for brand new stainless steel tanks - influenced by Urban’s cheesemaking past. They might be learning on the job, but they’ve already won heaps of praise from the experts, and now it’s your turn to get a taste of their top-class Rheingau wines.
The Raggs have been producing super-posh Burgundy kit since 2004, when they first crossed the channel to turn this famous French region into their home away from home.
Burgundy is one of the most celebrated yet traditional wine regions on the planet, which can make it very tough for outsiders like Michael and Fiona to break through. But having started from square one, they’ve now grown their Mischief and Mayhem winery into a fully-fledged Domaine with some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world. They're practically honorary French at this point.
While the locals might scratch their heads at some of the new and exotic approaches this English pair take in the vineyard, one thing they definitely recognise is the quality of the wines they’re making - it’s truly artisan, hand-crafted, world-class stuff.
In common with most websites, www.nakedwines.com uses "cookies". Cookies are small snippets of text that are stored on your computer. When you request a page from our website, the cookies are sent to our web server, and when we send a page back to you our server may add to or change these cookies. Without cookies, we would not be able to know that you are the same person from page to page.
Additionally, we have partnerships with some carefully chosen third party services which involve including some code on our website, for example so that we can measure the effectiveness of our marketing activities, enable you to share content with your friends or login via a social media account. In some cases these partners may also store and retrieve their own cookies on your computer. Cookies set by websites other than www.nakedwines.com are known as "third party cookies".
In accordance with the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2003 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), and to be as open and transparent as possible, we have provided more information on the cookies in use on our website here. These details may change over time as we continue to develop our website. You can change the settings in your web browser to allow or deny different websites from setting cookies.
Please see our Cookie Information for a list of the cookies we use and why, and the option to set your preferences.Strictly necessary cookies These system and service cookies are essential for the use of features and services on our website. If you block these cookies we can’t guarantee access to the services provided through our website or be certain how our website will perform for you. Analytics cookies These cookies help us to understand how people use our website. They collect information such as which pages and features visitors use, and which websites they have arrived from. We use this information to make improvements to our website and to give you a better experience. Marketing and advertising cookies These are cookies that we use to remember which pages you’ve viewed on our and others’ websites and to recommend content that we think may be of interest to you.