Johannes Leitz

German winemaker of the year 2011: Johannes Leitz

There are recorded documents linking the Leitz family winemaking history all the way back to 1744.

Johannes Leitz was born much later, in 1964 in Rüdesheim. This Grandfather, Josef Leitz re-built the winery after a bombing raid on the area late during the Second World War. His father, Antonius Leitz had briefly taken ownership of the winery before his premature death in 1966. This left his wife, with her flower shop, a household and of course the family winery to run. So, it wasn't until 1985 when Johannes took over the winery that it once again became a primary focal point of attention.

After taking hold of the family business, he has managed to raise the estate from 2.9 hectares to the 40 hectares that we see today. Over the years, Johannes has gained national and international recognition for his outstanding wines. Internationally, his major markets include Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA.

The growth of the winery has had a positive influence over all the ranges of the wines produced. Specifically the Rüdesheim vineyards of Berg Schlossberg, Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels have continued their tradition of being amongst the top dry wines from Germany. All of Johannes' wines carry his individual signature and show off the varied greatness of the Rüdesheim terroir from which they are born.

With all the growth Johannes has achieved he subsequently produced the new label of Dragonstone and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. These two successfull labels have recently been recognized and won the “IF Communication Design Award 2009”.

These other international successes have been a boon: however, Johannes has stayed true to his roots and homeland. He has been working closely with the Ministry of Environment to restore the traditional terraces above Rüdesheim in the Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels vineyards.


Vineyard grad & Elevation






Leitz in transit


Terraces and Vineyards

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Rüdesheim and the terraces of Leitz
All vineyards face 100% south. The steep sloped vineyards have very good drainage and are perfectly adapted for complexly structured, mineral driven wines. The more vigorous vineyards are those with high loess and loam. These vineyards bring forth the juicy, fruit backed Riesling, like Rheingau Riesling, Kirchenpfad Kabinett and Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese.

Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg
The name derives from the Ehrenfels castle, which was built by the archbishops of Mainz in 1211 as a protection and customs castle. The “bone-containing” quartzite and slate soils lend the wines a rich and suble, harmonious Riesling acidity.

Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels
The name refers to the soil, which is affected by stone and rocks. The relation to “Kaiser” goes back to the Emperor Charlemagne, who cultivated the variety Orleans there. The basic rock for the soil is quatzite with parts of slate. The wines contain an impressive minerality, combined with a delicate fruit aroma and little acidity.

The name goes back to the rock with this mythological name and also possibly to the form of a dragon. The soil consists of loess-loam sand stone and quartzite and in some parts also of chalk. The wines are amazingly elegant with a delicately spicy note.

Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck
The name Roseneck is related to the “rose hedges” which are growing on the rocks above Rüdesheim. The vineyard then adjoins to the Berg Rottland vineyards. The slate-quartzite soil gives a strong mineral structure to the wine.

Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland
The name relates to the German words “reuten, rotten” which means cultivation for viticulture. The site is located near the historic centre of Rüdesheim. Due to the nearby Rhine river and the profound loess-loam soil, the wines grow to great maturity, combined with a fruity acidity.

The area is named after the archbishops of Mainz and located directly above the historic centre of Rüdesheim. The loess-loam soil has a high available water capacity, producing wines with a distinctive acidity.

This vineyard is named after a beautiful garden at the Brömserburg. The limy loess soil produces wines which are in perfect balance between fruit and minerality.

This vineyard is located near the Abbey St. Hildegard, which was founded in 1100. The loess-loam soil produces wines with a fruity and spicy acidity and of great elegance.

Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad
The area is named after the path leading to the church in Eibingen. The vineyards are at the east of the church, facing the south. The sandy loess-loam soil give the wine a long lasting acidity.

The vineyard site is named after the shrine showing Maria Magdalena and is located at the eastern side of Rüdesheim. The sandy loess soil produces dominant, sustainable and fruity wines.

Berg Schlossberg Berg Kaisersteinfels Drachenstein Berg Roseneck Berg Rottland Bischofsberg Rosengarten Klosterlay Kirchenpfad Magdalenenkreuz »top«




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      Top wine in the category “Noble Sweet” Riesling
    Falstaff 01/11

    2010  Awarded Silver, best in his class, for
    2009 Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    International Wine & Spirit Competition
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    2010  Awarded Gold for
    2009 Rüdesheimer Rosengarten ~ Riesling ~ Kabinett
    International Wine Challenge 2010
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      Awarded Gold for
    2009 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    International Wine Challenge 2010
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    2010  The wine estate Josef Leitz is recommended with the Gault Millau WeinGuide Germany 2010
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  • 2009  Awarded Bronze for
    2008 Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    Decanter World Wine Awards
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    2009  Awarded Silver for
    2008 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    Decanter World Wine Awards
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  • 2009  Awarded with commendation for
    2008 Rüdesheimer Rosengarten ~ Riesling ~ Kabinett
    Decanter World Wine Awards
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    2009  Awarded  Bronze for
    2008 Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck ~ Riesling ~ Old Vine ~ Spätlese
    Decanter World Wine Awards
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2000 – 2005

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    Won Gold Medals for:
    2004 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    2004 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg ~ Riesling ~ Spätlese
    International Wine Challenge, London

    2005  Top Wines Of The Year for Riesling Spätlese
    Gault Millau Wine Guide

    2004 and 2005 Top Wines Of The Year for Dry Riesling and Off-Dry Riesling
    Gault Millau Wine Guide

    2004Named as one of the Most important German Winemakers
    Win art, Japanese Wine Magazine

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    listed as one of the Best 100 German Winemakers
    Euro, Magazine for Money and Economy

    2003 Classified with the Best Dry Riesling and the Best Riesling Spätlese in “the best Wines of Germany”
    Alles über Wein

    2002 named one of the Best Producers in Rheingau
    Wine Magazine, London

    2000 one of best German Winemakers


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