“WE WORK WITH BRETON DWARF SHEEP IN THE VINEYARD.”
ULRICH ALLENDORF AND MAX SCHÖNLEBER SPEAK ABOUT THEIR WINES AND WINE ESTATE IN OESTRICH-WINKEL
Office HoursMo-Fr 9.00-12.00, 13.00-18.00; Sa 10.00-16.00
Ulrich Allendorf, Christel Schönleber
Josef Schönleber & Max Schönleber
75% Riesling, 20% Spätburgunder, Chardonnay sowie Schwarzriesling
Löss, Lehm, Taunusquarzit
- In Öko-Umstellung
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Max Schönleber: First of all, the Allendorf and Schönleber families! As for our wines, our vineyards stretch over 30 kilometres along the Rhine River, making our wines very diverse. We are always interested in the extraordinary. In our cellar there is a cherry wood barrel and an amphora. We work in the vineyard with Breton dwarf sheep and are known for our ‘wine.experience.world’ and the ‘Lichtwein’ tasting.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Max Schönleber: With tradition into the future.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Max Schönleber: We don’t pursue a uniform style because we don’t mask the differing terroirs of our wines, but rather seek to enhance THEM.
VDP: Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Max Schönleber: White: Riesling. Red: Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)!
“OUR VINEYARDS EXTEND OVER 30 KILOMETRES ALONG THE RHINE - MAKING OUR WINES VERY DIVERSE.”
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Max Schönleber: Our Winkel Riesling, dry VDP.ORTSWEIN - our home on your lips!
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Max Schönleber: Of our VDP.GROSSE LAGE® HÖLLENBERG Spätburgunder GG,- we don’t just make great Riesling, but also Pinot Noir!
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Ulrich Allendorf: The calling took hold of me at the age of nine - it was 1976, and I was fascinated by autumn.
Max Schönleber: ‘Winegrower, inventor and marathon runner’ was already in all the friend-books I signed as a child.
VDP: Do you have role models, mentors?
Max Schönleber: Technically, we get inspiration from many great colleagues. On the human side, two visionaries, Bernhard Breuer and Graf Martuschka. Personally, our namesake Fritz Allendorf.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Max Schönleber: Top quality is boundless. On the way there, we set ourselves intermediate goals. There are always things to tweak.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Max Schönleber: Tradition is continuous further development. Old becomes new, new becomes old. Perhaps today we produce our wine even more traditionally than ever before in our history.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Max Schönleber: Our tip: Goetheblick – a wonderful view of our hometown. Then, a visit to our estate wine tavern and its ‘wine.colour.experience’ or the unique Brentano house –hospitality is our top priority!
VDP: What would you compare to making wine?
Max Schönleber: How can you compare something that has no equal?