Like their friend Daniel Vollenweider, Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler are newcomers to the region, attracted by a love of Riesling. Starting from nothing in 2005, they began building a portfolio of formerly famous sites around Traben-Trarbach that were on the point of being abandoned: steep, inaccessible and uneconomic, as everything had to be done by hand. But the soils were superb, the vines old and ungrafted, and they began to produce a dazzling range of wines which have given them cult status. Their production, from 3.8 hectares, is tiny. They are not interested in a fruity style, favouring oxidative winemaking that brings out minerality, and the wines benefit from decanting well ahead when young.
Rainfall was often localised in the summer of 2019, and in Traben-Trarbach it rained very little. Old, partially ungrafted vines coped well and escaped the near-drought. The berries remained small, yielding dense, concentrated wines. At the end of July there were losses to sunburn, and the cooler weather and rain in September were most welcome.
The Weiser-Künstlers divide the vintage into pre and post-rain wines. Those harvested before are light and pure, those after still pure, but more opulent, and with a degree of botrytis. The harvest began on 26th September and finished on 19th October, producing an exciting range of both dry and off-dry wines.