Am Sonnenstuhl 45
Martin Joh. Schmitt
Martin Joh. Schmitt
34% Silvaner, 14% Riesling, 12% Müller-Thurgau, 8% Spätburgunder, sowie Weißburgunder, Domina, Bacchus, Scheurebe und Rieslaner
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Martin Schmitt: We are a modern, innovative traditional winery that is now in its tenth generation. Tradition and modernity - the two parts of the winery bear witness to this: the baroque main house built in 1710 in the middle of the old town of Randersacker and the modern winery, embedded in the vineyards at the foot of the Sonnenstuhl vineyard. We cultivate vineyards in all the best Randersacker sites. We pay particular attention to the production of the highest quality wines from the Silvaner, Riesling and Pinot Noir grape varieties.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Martin Schmitt: Handcrafted, best wines that reflect the shell limestone soil unadulterated!
VDP: Which wine style do you strive for?
Martin Schmitt: Dry, very elegant, delicate wines with shell limestone minerality and depth.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who doesn't know your winery yet - as an introduction so to speak?
Martin Schmitt: Randersacker Sonnenstuhl Silvaner trocken VDP.ERSTE LAGE® - a striking classic of our winery.
VDP: Which wine are you particularly proud of?
Martin Schmitt: All our wines!
VDP: Why did you become a winemaker?
Martin Schmitt: The actual decision was made in the tenth or eleventh grade. class. Viticulture and winemaking have inspired me since I was a child. From that time on, my parents made everything possible that I wanted to do in terms of viticulture - it was perfect!
VDP: Do you have role models?
Martin Schmitt: I don't have a direct role model, but I do have a lot of great (wine) experiences from all corners of the wine world. With each experience I collected another piece of the puzzle for my perfect, but not statically rigid picture of wine. If you want to speak of a mentor, this would be my father, Karl Martin Schmitt, from whom I have been passed on much of his experience and knowledge from previous generations.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Martin Schmitt: Always moving forward! I have a sack full of ideas that I would like to put into practice.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Martin Schmitt: Tradition, innovation and constant development are the solid pillars on which our winery has always stood.
VDP: Why should you still visit your winery?
Martin Schmitt: Take a look at the studio of the famous landscape painter Andi Schmitt, it is located in the centre of Randersacker. Then of course there is one of the magical places of Franconian wine to discover: the Terroir F-Punkt Randersacker. Not to forget: The baroque city of Würzburg is very close by!