Pietiläntie 14 a 5,
Entrepreneur running private business; wine education, wine tasting services, wine writing and consulting.
VDP: Where and how did you get the wine bug?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: The wine bug got me for the very first time in early 90’s when travelling in Mosel and Champagne with family and friends. Mysterious underground caves in Champagne and steep vineyards of Mosel really impressed.
VDP: Your first encounter with German wines?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: 1992 in Mosel tasting wines in a winegrowers small cozy carage.
VDP: What is your favourite story to tell about German/VDP.wine – did you have highly emotional experience with our wines / producers?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: I taste a lot of wines all the time and from a wide spectrum of origins. But coming back to German Riesling feels like “coming home”.
VDP: How many bottles of German wine/VDP.wines do you have in your cellar?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: About 100 bottles.
VDP: What is your favourite vineyard in Germany – and why?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: I would like to mention not just one but a few and my favourites are in Mosel and Saar; Ockfener BOCKSTEIN always makes beautiful and intriguing wines from kabinett to noble sweets and GG’s, Trittenheimer APOTHEKE really gets you when driving over the Trittenheim bridge watching the steep vineyards and the view from the top of the hill on the border of Leiwen and Trittenheim is just stunning. RÖTTGEN in Winningen must have one of the most beautiful views in Mosel. Matthias Knebel’s Instagram keeps you updated with almost daily pictures from his homesite.
VDP: If it comes to German grape varieties, what is your favourite? Riesling, Spätburgunder or other?
Teemu Rinta-Mänty: Riesling has always been my big love, but I’m also enthustiastic about e.g. Silvaner, Scheurebe, Lemberger and Frühburgunder.