Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., is privileged to announce its appointment as national importer for Weingut Dr. Fischer, the famed wines from Saar River, Germany. The addition of the prestigious estate, owned and managed by winemaker Nik Weis and Martin Foradori Hofstatter, enriches Frederick Wildman’s stellar, yet small, German-estate portfolio.
“We are delighted to expand our German portfolio with the wines from such an esteemed producer, Weingut Dr. Fischer”, said Wildman President, John Sellar. “German wines enjoy a special place in the fine wine market. We are glad to bring Dr. Fischer back to our large base of restaurant customers and fine wine merchants in the United States”.
In March 2014, Winemaker Nik Weis from Weingut St. Urbans-Hof on the Mosel and Martin Foradori Hofstätter from Weingut J. Hofstätter, Alto Adige, Italy, seized the welcome opportunity to participate in a joint ownership and revitalization of the historic Weingut Dr. Fischer-Bocksteinhof. The wines of Hofstatter are also imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons.
“I am delighted to have both brands now represented by Frederick Wildman and Sons in the United States” said Martin Foradori Hofstätter. “The company’s vision of the market, their experience with Rieslings from Germany, and my relationship with their management and their portfolio, made our decision an easy one”.
The historic Weingut Dr. Fischer estate is in Ockfen, a small village in a tributary valley near the confluence of the Saar and Mosel rivers in far western Germany. Written records of winemaking in Ockfen date back to the Villa Occava convent, which was founded in AD 975; viticulture, however, was brought to the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, according to wine historians.
The Dr. Fischer estate is a member of the prestigious vintner association Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) and its world-famous Bockstein vineyard has been meticulously demarcated and classified by the association as a “Grosse Lage”, the equivalent of a French Grand Cru vineyard – the peak of the VDP quality classification system. The Dr. Fischer-Bocksteinhof estate vineyards are planted exclusively with Riesling. In another project, Nik Weis and Martin Foradori Hofstätter, produce a wine from sourced grapes from the Mosel region called Steinbock. A “Bock” means ‘wild mountain goat’ in German, and “Stein” is a rock; the name reflects the fact this animal inhabits the steep slopes on the Mosel’s vineyards.
Weingut Dr. Fischer wines will be available as of September 2017 through Wildman’s network of national distributors.