Despite having only produced his first independant vintage in 2016, Martin Wörner (better known as Marto) is already one of Germany's most in-demand natural wine producers, and is at the forefront of a generation of young winemakers challenging the view on what German natural wine is. The 27-year-old is fully invested in natural processes, and works all 5 hectares of his family vineyard in Flonheim, Rheinhessen organically (with biodynamic principles applied). He has adopted a ground-up approach, focussing on soil health and getting that right first. He uses cover crops of radishes, beetroots, and turnips throughout the vineyards to prevent heavy erosion, sheep are allowed to roam free to keep grasses at bay, and the soil is not disturbed by tilling. Grapes are harvested by hand, and only indigenous, natural yeasts are added in the winery. The wine is left to do it’s thing free of refining, filtration, and added sulphur. With wines like the Weiss blend, Marto has made a huge name for himself in a very short space of time, and is certainly a producer to keep your eye on for the future!

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