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The Zilliken family traces its winegrowing tradition back to 1742. The early generations toiled in Saarburg and Ockfen, but it was Royal Prussian Forest Superintendent Ferdinand Geltz (1851 – 1925) who laid the groundwork for what would become one of the grandest family-owned estates anywhere on the Saar and Mosel. Ferdinand Geltz was a co-founder of the "Vereins der Naturweinversteigerer Großer Ring," an organization today known as the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). It promoted the sale of premier quality unchaptalized wines as a way to raise the profile, both domestically and internationally, of the outstanding Rieslings being produced in this winegrowing region.


Following the death of Ferdinand Geltz, the vineyards were divided between his two daughters, Antoinette and Ella. Antoinette married a Prussian major, while Ella took a forester superintendent from Dessau as her groom. In honor of Antoinette's husband, the Forstmeister Geltz estate was renamed Forstmeister Geltz Krick. After Ella's death, her daughters Marianne and Henriette inherited her share of the property.


On Christmas 1944, the estate's house and cellar were completely destroyed in a heavy bombing raid. It was Marianne's steely determination that preserved the winegrowing tradition within the family. In 1947 Marianne married Fritz Zilliken, and from that point on the estate has labelled itself Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken. The couple acquired a two-story cellar on Heckingstrasse in 1950, which still serves as the center of the estate's operations even today

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We work with Nature, not against her. And for many years now, Nature has blessed the Saar with ideal conditions: a cool climate and a long fruit set. Even in an age of global warming and an increasing number of grand Saar vintages, we continue to enjoy one of the longest fruit sets when compared with our colleagues in southern regions. We believe a slow, steady ripening is the key to exceptional aromatics.


We consciously limit our yields in this prized vineyard to a maximum of 50 hl/ha in order to guarantee the best possible complexity and quality. The Spätlese and Auslese wines work with significantly lower yields. This of course does limit the supply of these internationally renowned wines. 'Quality not quality' is more than just a platitude to us. It's a philosophy we believe in from beginning to end. It guides our decisions. We do one thing — Riesling — and we do it right.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken . In a tasting of  43 wines 

2013 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet / Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, vanilla, minerals, spices, some floral notes, brighter expression for Bâtard, lighter. Fresh acidity, fresh and fruity, apples and citrus with more subdued minerals beneath, detailed and long. 95p

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Rinaldi Barolo 2007 / Served blind. Bright ruby with sediments. Scented, tar and roses, rich nose, tea, anise, leather and cherries nose. Fresh and high acidity, high of ripe tannins, fruity and lively, intense, cherries and red berries, little bit high alcohol making it a bit sweet, long. 90p

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 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken . In a tasting of  25 wines 

German Riesling vintage 2014 Part I / Marienburg "Rothenpfad" 2014 Riesling Clemens Busch / Very expressive nose with cherry blossom, orange blossom, strawberry and ripe orange. Full and quite dense on the palate with less charm than nose, but a serious built texture and good length. 94

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken . In a tasting of  135 wines 

As every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August, the VDP showed a huge array of over 500 wines from the german Grand Cru vineyards, designated as Grosses Gewächs, in a preview tasting for professionals and the press. The tasting was hold on August 29 and 30, 2016.

As the sheer quantity of wines available was too much for a short tasting session, I focussed on the grape variety Riesling and on the rather classic areas such as Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Mittelrhein. From these wine regions I have tasted all Rieslings available. In addition I also tasted a small selection of Riesling from Rheinhessen. The tasting showed a very high and rather homogenous quality level due to good conditions in 2015 but also applied experience and knowledge of the vintners. A very successful tasting with highly recommendable wines.

11m 4d ago

 Fred Gold, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken . In a tasting of  15 wines 

“Excellent tasting @ Peter Adesman's home. Mostly Pinot Noir from Oregon (with a few "ringers" from California & Burgundy)...followed by some wonderful German Riesling Auslese wines at the end.”

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