One of Germany's leading wineries, Reh Kendermann, has appointed Jurgen Hofmann as the company's director of winemaking with immediate effect.

A highly versatile winemaker, Hofmann began at Kendermann in 1997 when he took over its modern style winemaking and was also key to the development of the improved style of Black Tower Rivaner, which was re-launched in 1997, as a cold fermented wine.

Nik Schritz, managing director at Reh Kendermann, which has wineries located in both the Rhine and Mosel Valleys said: "Jurgen shares our passion for winemaking and dedication to quality. We are delighted to welcome him back to this newly created directorship which demonstrates our determination to continue our leading role in the German wine renaissance."