The Battenfeld-Spanier estate is at the southernmost tip of the Wonnegau district, not far from Worms. The Wonnegau is famous for its chalky subsoils and a new wine style, which above all, approaches a dry international style. Hans Oliver Spanier, born in 1971, is one of the most uncompromising young winemakers of Germany. He comes from a wine-growing family in Rhine-Hesse, and at the age of 20, founded his own estate, which he has brought to the forefront with verve. Early on, he converted the estate Battenfeld-Spanier from conventional to ecological viticulture.
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As a founding member of the Rheinhessen young growers’ group “message in a bottle”, he played a decisive role in the success of launching a new wine style in Rheinhessen. Since 2006, he has run the estate with his wife Carolin Spanier-Gillot.
Weingut Andreas Laible, an estate steeped in tradition, has long numbered among Germany’s top addresses. Grapes grown in the renowned, steep site Durbacher Plauelrain yield mineral-rich wines against a backdrop of centuries of viticultural tradition. Planted by forefathers, the gnarled old vines thrive in this unique vineyard and yield grapes for top-class wines. Combining traditional knowledge and innovations, the Laibles refine these treasures of nature, particularly their main varietal, Riesling.
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The nearly endless list of prize-winning Laible wines is the result of consistent and hard work in the vineyard and cellar. The Laibles seek to create wines that evoke enthusiasm: wines with tension, character, and a backbone rich in minerals.
In retrospect, it was the right decision for the brothers Frank and Marc Adeneuer to concentrate exclusively on Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Based on their experience, the two say: “At the end of the day, Pinot Noir is always good for a surprise and therefore, it requires more attention.” The Ahrweiler estate has been owned by the family for 500 years. The wines are individually produced in oak casks and kept strictly separated according to grape variety and site.
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For the Adeneuers, terroir is not just a trendy word, but “rather the soul of our wines.” They are the sole owners of the renowned, spectacular site Walporzheimer Gärkammer.
The Leitz family’s viticultural history dates back to 1744. The Rüdesheim estate was completely destroyed in World War Il, but rebuilt by Josef Leitz, grandfather of the current owner, Johannes. He took charge of his parent’s estate and its three hectares (7.5 acres) of vines in 1985, after completing his viticultural training. Since then, the estate Josef Leitz has grown in size to a remarkable 40 hectares (ca. 100 acres), and has become successful nationally and internationally.
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The dry premium wines of Josef Leitz from the Rüdesheim sites Berg Roseneck, Berg Schlossberg, Berg Rottland, and Berg Kaisersteinfels are regarded as being some of the finest wines of Germany. All wines bear the signature of the winemaker and reflect the terroir of the Rüdesheimer Berg.
The winery Robert Weil grows grapes for four generations. At the founding of the winery Robert Weil in Kiedrich in 1875 a series of coincidences was helpful. The founder of the winery, Dr. Robert Weil, a professor of German at the Sorbonne in Paris had, in advance of the German-Prussian War of 1870/71 to leave France. He settled first in Rheingau nearby, Wiesbaden down, and worked as a journalist. As the family vineyard in Kiedrich already had possession, Dr. Robert Weil in 1875 took the opportunity to permanently reside in Kiedrich by the residence of the late English baronet, Sir John Sutton earned.
By Dr. Robert Weil’s decision to settle in Kiedrich was accompanied by the decision to expand his small vineyard property in order to establish a vineyard. He later acquired by the chef of the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Nilkens whose Kiedricher winery, vineyards, best bought from the estate of Count von Furstenberg and the renowned winery Buschmann. With vision and entrepreneurial daring thus the beginning of winery Robert Weil was set.
Facts about Weingut Robert Weil
- Vineyard area: 75 hectares
- Owner: Suntory, Wilhelm Weil
- Foreign managers: Clemens Schmitt
- Winemaker: Christian Engel, Michael Thrien, Stefan Bieber
- Member: VDP
- Gault Millau 2011: 5 bunches
- Address: 65399 Kiedrich, Mühlberg 5
Markus Schneider, star winemakers always knew exactly what he wanted: As a teenager he was clear: I will be wine! Because it happened to Markus Schneider very well that his father, who ran in Ellerstadt fruit, grapes used to have delivered to the cooperative.
Markus Schneider is particularly proud of his old up to 80 years-Portuguese vines that sometimes deliver its best red wines: deep red, juicy with a creamy chocolate powerhouses note. Red wines from Markus Schneider with names such as Old Vines, Origin, Black print, or single stone set pieces that are unique in the Palatinate. Thus the origin of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Portuguese.
The Black Print is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and St. Laurent. Old vines is vinified to one hundred percent of Portuguese. The Sauvignon Blanc from Markus Schneider was even the best Sauvignon Blanc in Germany (2006) was chosen.
The vineyards in Ellerstadt
Of clay, gravel, gravel, sand, loess, sandstone and limestone rock composed of soils of different Rebparzellen Markus Schneider, gently pull the curl out of the plane to Ellerstadt up to the rugged Haardt. An extremely rare geological diversity in conjunction with the summer heat of the day and cool nights are the basis for an incredible amount of flavor, strength and maturity, elegance and minerality.
To exploit the full potential of the various Rebparzellen ideal and work out your idiosyncrasies, a bond between nature and wine is incessantly.
Facts about Weingut Markus Schneider
- Vineyard area: 50 hectares
- Owner: Mark and Klaus Schneider
- Foreign operations: Klaus Schneider
- Winemaker: Markus Schneider
- Gault Millau 2011: 3 bunches
- Address: 67158 Ellerstadt, High On Route 1
The winery Markus Molitor is currently 38 hectares (of which 4.5 ha in the Saar), the largest winery in the Mosel valley. It has a share of 95% Riesling, Pinot Noir and 3% 2% Pinot Blanc only three, and on the river with tradition involved, noble grape varieties prescribed.
The annual production of Markus Molitor moves depending on the year 200.000-300.000 bottles (over 90% to 0.75 l). In addition, about 20,000 bottles are produced in the winery’s own sparkling wine.
At just 20 years, Markus Molitor in 1984, the three-acre vineyard his father. Despite his young age, his vision was very clear and ambitious: the Moselle to help with individual, typical location, unique and extremely storable Rieslings to their former glory back.
Uncompromised, precise quality (hand) operatively connected in the vineyard and cellar with the absolute respect for the natural product, grape and wine are his guide. Each layer and each vintage flavor to be expressed. The wines from Markus Molitor will have structure and depth of flavor and shine while the Moselle typical freshness and animate.
For 8 generations, the family farmed vineyards Molitor. The winery Markus Molitor has increased slightly based on the Moselle, in the midst of the situation Wehlener Klosterberg and overlooking the vineyards Zeltinger.
Facts about winery Markus Molitor
- Vineyard area: 38 hectares
- Owner, manager and cellar master: Markus Molitor
- Foreign operations: Stephan Reimann
- Member: Bernkasteler ring
- Gault Millau 2011: 4 red grapes
- Address: 54470 Bernkastel-Wehlen, Klosterberg
The 11th Century castle built laity came in 1802 in the possession of the family Diel, in September 2002 celebrated its 200th anniversary as a winegrower. But the family was already Diel previously worked for generations as an estate manager and winemaker for Baron von Dalberg. Their best vineyards from Schlossgut Diel, a total of 16 hectares are located in the district and the community Dorsheim are all planted with Riesling.
The top layers of gold hole, Castle Hill and Pittermännchen were classified in 1901 in a Prussian official property tax card in the highest category and enjoy an international reputation to this day. Thanks to his daughter Caroline and Christopher Frederick Butler, it is possible the owner Armin Diel, stand up eloquently as wine writer and leading member of the VDP close to the German wine.
Facts about Schlossgut Diel
- Vineyard area: 22 hectares
- Owner: Armin Diel and Caroline
- Operations Manager & Winemaker: Caroline Diel and Christopher J. Friedrich
- Member: VDP, German oak forum
- Gault Millau 2011: 4 Grapes
- Address: 55452 Burg Layen
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A. Christmann estate in a very special focus on the vitality, biodiversity and the natural cultivation of vineyards. In receiving and stamping of the terroir and the vines of education is the key to good and great wine from A. Christmann. Just the experience and knowledge of previous generations, to whom it applies are set up at Weingut A. Christmann. These traditions, firmly established as a collection of experiences that allow the winery A. Christmann, to avoid repeating mistakes and not excited to jump from mode to mode. This differs from the European wine of the New World.
Since 1996, the operation of Steffen Christmann now in the 7th Generation out. Even with the current size of the winery A. Christmann is the love of wine is still a major factor.
Facts about the winery A. Christmann
- Vineyard area: 17.5 hectares
- Owners & Managers: Steffen Christmann
- Foreign operations: Martin Eller
- Member: VDP
- Gault Millau 2011: 4 Grapes
- Address: 67 435 Gimmeldingen, Peter Koch-Straße 43
The winery Battenfeld-Spanier is located in Hohen-Sülzen in the southern brawn Wonnegau very near Worms. In the meantime 24 hectares to be strictly biodynamic principles primarily grown Riesling (50%) and Pinot Noir (20%).
The rest of the estate is divided between Battenfeld-Spanier Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Chardonnay and Portuguese. Consequent reduction in yield on average 60 hl / ha, healthy grapes and selective handpicking are the conditions for top wines of the vineyard Battenfeld-Spanier. Cooled, slow and 80% spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and oak dominate the work in the basement: “Our wines are not made, we give them time” says Hans Oliver Spanier from the winery Battenfeld-Spanier. “Bravo” praised Gerhard Eichelmann his latest collection and his “uncompromising Rieslings. According to Gault Millau you only want one thing: to get drunk! The wines from Battenfeld-Spanier are sensual yet aloof. Their depth they show when people take the time for them.
Facts about the Rheinhessen-winery Battenfeld-Spanier
- Vineyard area: 28 acres
- Owner: H.O. Spanier and Carolin Spanier-Gillot
- Operations Manager & Winemaker: H.O. Spanier
- Member: VDP, EcoVin, Message in a Bottle
- Gault Millau 2011: 3 red grapes
- Address: 67 591 Hohen-Sülzen, Bahnhofstrasse 33