Weingut Rebenhof, Johannes Schmitz

Germany, Mosel

 
 

Sustainable


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After taking charge of operations in 1986, Johannes Schmitz began to restructure the small wine estate in Ürzig. He disposed of any vineyards of lesser quality and uprooted vines of other grape varieties, concentrating solely on the cultivation of Riesling. He also began to acquire more sites in prime locations, not deterred by the hard work these steep and often rocky parcels of land require. His attention was particularly focused on ungrafted vines with naturally lower yields and higher quality. Growing on their own roots they have developed a genetic composition which provides them with a far higher resistance to diseases than that of “engineered” vines.  Johannes Schmitz is highly esteemed among his fellow growers for his extraordinary work of perfecting the propagation of clones from pre-phylloxera Riesling vines.   Today the estate grows only Riesling on slopes with a steep incline.  The autochthonous vines with their well-established root system generally require only a quarter of the water supply that, for example, Pinot varieties tend to need. The grapes for all wines are hand-harvested and vinified separately according to the conditions of their individual provenance. These wines show the fruits of his work.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Riesling Trocken Riesling 5-15 years Rotliegendes (fragmented slate with red-hued iron content), plus some volcanic soil Sustainable
Vom Roten Schiefer Riesling Kabinett Riesling 15-20 years Mostly stony soil of fragmented red slate with a thin cover of fine earth Sustainable
Riesling "Von Wurzelechten Reben" Trocken Riesling 15-20 years Mostly stony soil of fragmented red slate with a thin cover of fine earth Sustainable
Riesling "Von Alten Reben" Trocken Riesling 70-100 years Fragmented red slate Sustainable
Riesling "GG" Trocken Riesling N/A Fragmented red slate Sustainable
Spatbürgunder Trocken Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 15-20 years Mix of sand, loam, chalk Sustainable