Forever young in Germany's Pfalz

The winners of the 2022 Junge Pfalz competition are assembled.

A regional predilection for bonhomie has fostered a Pfalz winemaking generation that celebrates freshness in both the wines and each other. Above, the Junge Pfalz winners 2022 (© Stephan Presser Photography).

For the last three years, the Junge Pfalz (Young Pfalz) summer competition has been one of the first events circled on my annual wine calendar. The campaign to promote young regional winemakers delivers a focused snapshot of talent, time, terroir and trend; a compelling window into the current esprit of Pfalz viniculture. And as one of seven individuals on the diverse judging panel, year upon year I am amazed at...