Weingut Horst Sauer is named after its owner. Both Horst and his daughter Sandra (who joined the winery in 2004) are winemakers at their 37 hectare estate in Franken - situated near Wurzburg (between Frankfurt and Nuremberg). Eight different grape varieties are planted, including Riesling, Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. Their vineyards are focused around the 'Erste Lagen' (prime) sites of Escherndorfer Lump and Escherndorfer Furstenberg. Escherndorfer Lump is a steep south-facing slope protected from cold north-eastern winds, with a top layer of limestone-rich soil. Escherndorfer Furstenberg is an east-facing vineyard which borders the Lump site to the east and west.
They also have the exquisite Escherndorf am Lumpen - a 'Grosse Lage' vineyard plot (a classification given to the best German vineyard sites) first recorded in 1655. This is on the steepest slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard where the vines are over 30 years old.
Sandra's wines keep taking top honours. Weingut Horst Sauer was awarded the trophy for German Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and German Sweet Wine Producer of the Year in 2019! And perhaps the greatest accolade - German Winemaker of the Year 2018 from gourmet restaurant guide Gault-Millau.