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World famous Riesling wines from Saarburg

The winery Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, which was first mentioned in a document in 1742, was founded by the then Royal Prussian forester Ferdinand Geltz (1851-1925), who laid the foundation for one of today's most successful family businesses on the Saar and Mosel. Today this is managed by Hans-Joachim, called Hanno, Ruth and his daughter Dorothee and her husband Phillipp and the tradition is successfully continued.
Every year, about 75,000 bottles are produced, for which the Riesling grapes from 11 hectares of land are needed. Thus, Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken produces exclusively Riesling, which covers the portfolio from fruity to noble sweet, young to old or drinking to treasure wine.

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Timeless tradition is the Motto for highest quality standards

The values of family, tradition and Riesling have made the Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken winery a VDP member and a national and international trademark for Riesling wines. The clear focus on Riesling and the development of ideal sites contribute to an incomparable quality that gives gourmets and wine professionals as much drinking pleasure as interested newcomers.

Finest Riesling wines from the steep vineyards of the Saar

The family owns parts of the Saarburger Rausch site, one of the absolute top sites of the growing area, where, as in hardly any other site, a perfectly balanced microclimate prevails, in which the harmonious alternation of morning mist, sun rays and wind creates a very multilayered microcosm of important plants and creatures.

Weinlage - Vignoble - Vineyard -

11 hectars of steep vineyards along the river Saar

All sites of the Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken winery are classified as VDP Große Lage, and all of them are steep sites that are optimal for Riesling.

In Saarburger Rausch, the estate's largest and most important site, the Riesling vines root up to 10 meters deep into the soil, whose mixture of Devonian slate and volcanic rock is another aspect of the Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken winery's impeccable Riesling wines.

With its soils of quartz, Devonian slate and clay, the Ockfener Bockstein offers perfect conditions for an uncomplicatedly enjoyable Riesling, which is a special pleasure experience, especially for wine beginners.

Weinsortiment - wine selection - assortiment de vins

Wine assortment


  • off-dry
  • dry
  • Kabinett
  • Selection (Auslese)
  • Late harvest (Spätlese)
  • Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächs)

Sparkling wine

Wines and vinification

The estate's steep slopes are planted exclusively with Riesling grapes, most of which are over 30 years old, on about 11 hectares. In the words of the Dorothee Zilliken, "cultivated according to contemporary and quality-oriented standards. The winemaker bottles her Riesling in Fuder barrels, where it is fermented and aged to perfection. The average yield is 50 hectoliters per hectare. The result: around 75,000 bottles of wine per year. But back to the traditional winery Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken: Its two-story cellar at a depth of up to nine meters is characterized by its constant eleven degrees Celsius and approximately its up to 95 percent humidity. Optimal conditions for the slow maturation of the Riesling in its traditional oak barrels,

Fasskeller - Cave à barriques - Barrel cellar
Auszeichnung Gault Millau 2017

International recognition for Top wines made in Germany

"Winemaker of the Year" - Gault&Millau, 2017.
"His wines possess timeless greatness, far removed from any fashion trend" - This is how the 2017 Gault&Millau wine guide praises the winery. Not only up-and-comer, but also the title "Winemaker of the Year" attains Hans-Joachim Zilliken for his consistently high quality and above-average rating of his wines.

Wine guide Vinum 2022 - 4. Stars

"Belongs to the top of german wine estates with international reputation"

Awards from  the press and wine guides

Wine Guide Gault&Millau 2022 - 5 Grapes "Top wine estates worldclass"

Whenever there is talk of top German wineries, the name Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken also comes up." The fact that the name giver of the winery was a royal Prussian forester is only a nice side note today. The descendants are winemakers, are called Zilliken and are known for being able to make Saar wines shine."

Wine guide Feinschmecker 2022 3,5 Stars

" belongs to the best wine estates of the Mosel"

Wine Guide Eichelmann 2022 4 Stars

"Excellent wine estate - Worldclass"

Wine Guide Falstaff 2022 4 Stars

"Winery with continuous excellence and high reputation nationally and internationally".