Mapping German heritage


This article is the second in an irregular season of features written by previous winners of the Young Wine Writer Award. See here for the first in the series, by Rebecca Gibb.

Nicola Gutman (née Cornelius) won the award in 2009. Previously a city lawyer seeking to move into the world of wine, Nicola became an apprentice at Liberty Wines in 2007, the first year of their apprenticeship scheme. She now manages Liberty's own brands, and writes about wine in her spare time.

There's no shortage of German winemakers and sellers who will tell you that if you go...