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Fine Franconian wine

Weingut Horst Sauer

Weingut Horst Sauer: fine Franconian wine

Weingut Horst Sauer is a Franconian winery where originality and vision meet. The owners work closely with mother nature in order to make natural wines. They do this by being close to the vines, the grapes, and the wine. Each phase of vine growth, ripening, harvest, and cellar care provides the opportunity to change things and to enjoy the wine in the best possible way.  The winemakers provide wines for special occasions and moments that don't happen every day, such as personal wishes and individual occasions. As a result, the diversity of nature is brought to life in the glass through such wines. It should come as no surprise Weingut Horst Sauer received confirmation was named Winemaker of the Year by Gault Millau in 2018.

Weingut Horst Sauer

Escherndorf, Germany

Horst Sauer

Owner Horst Sauer is a wine technician who started the winery in 1977. Since then, his farm has grown from 1.4 hectares to 20 hectares. According to him, wine is created in the mind, on a framework of tradition and innovation, accompanied with consistent attention. While the winegrower contributes his wine knowledge and imagination, nature sets the tone for oenology, marketing and export. His motto is: “Wine must not be too complicated – if the eyes of the person who tastes our wines light up, we have done everything right.”

Escherndorfer Silvaner dry VDP.Ortswein
Escherndorfer Lump Riesling dry VDP.Erste Lage
“Sehnsucht” Silvaner dry

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Horst Sauer

Owner Weingut Horst Sauer

The Franconian region

The Horst Sauer family is constantly searching for the perfect wine with their winery. They embark on a path that may never end, but do so with passion, creativity, and above all, uncompromising quality awareness in the vineyard and cellar. They cultivate their wines on their first-class Escherndorfer Lump steep site and on the Fürstenberg hillside, which offer ideal conditions for fresh, athletic wines. For them, wine means happiness, poetry and enjoyment.

Silvaner, Riesling & Müller-Thurgau

When you are a winemaker, you live by the seasons and are cognizant that you only have a limited number of years to create a wine that meets your own requirements. Every mistake is an opportunity to do better next time and, if you look closely, can prevent you from committing it a second time. With the growth of the vines, the ripening of the grapes, the harvest in autumn, and the care in the cellar, each stage opens up an incredibly large possibility of changes to be able to present the wines in the best light.  However, less often is more in this case. When the concept and the idea for a wine arise in spring, it means observing and reacting, directing and supporting in order to create a wine for the imagined moments of pleasure and then, maybe a year later, to be able to pour it into the glass. Wine grows in the vineyard, not in the cellar.


Escherndorf is spoiled. From the sun, the climate, to the soil and the mountain. This unique terroir gives the wines their quality. Lump and Fürstenberg are part of Franconia's cultural heritage. Vineyards that are not expandable or replaceable and that give our wines their character. Each plot has its uniqueness. The Fürstenberg has the morning sun. The Lump, on the other hand, collects the sun's rays all day long like parabolic mirrors – our first layers. Our excellent large vineyard lies in the center of "Escherndorf am Lumpen" – a steep southern slope with over 30-year-old vines.


Where to find

Weingut Horst Sauer Bocksbeutelstraße 14 97332 Escherndorf Germany

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