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VDP.WEINGUT
BALTHASAR RESS

“WE WORK WITH NATURE – AND NOT AGAINST IT!”

OLIVER SCHMID, MANAGER OF THE WINERY, SPEAKS ABOUT THE WINES AND VINEYARDS IN HATTENHEIM

Balthasar Ress

Rheinallee 7-11
65347 Hattenheim im Rheingau

Phone+49 6723/91950
Fax+49 6723/919591
Mailinfo@balthasar-ress.de
Office Hours
Vinothek im Rheingarten, Rheinallee 50 in Hattenheim: April-Oktober: Mo-Fr 8.00-18.00 Uhr, Sa-So 10.30-18.00 Uhr; November-März: Mo-Fr 8.00-17.00 Uhr; Sa-So 11.30-17.00 Uhr; Weinbar & Vinothek, Mauergasse 10 in Wiesbaden Mo-Fr 12.00-22.00 Uhr, Sa 10.00-24.00 Uhr

VDP: What is so special about your winery?

Oliver Schmid: With the VDP.ERSTEN LAGE® Schloss Reichartshausen, we own a monopole vineyard that has been the sole property of the winery for many years. 

VDP: What is your winery philosophy?

Oliver Schmid: We work with nature – not against it! Versatile green cover between the vine rows as well as the cultivation of the vineyards according to the Maria Thun calendar are only two components of our holistic ecological work. Our aim is to produce typical Rheingau Rieslings whose origins can be smelled and tasted. 
 

VDP: For what wine style do you strive?

Oliver Schmid: Our favourite grape variety is Riesling in all its facets. The aim is to produce creamy, multi-layered Rieslings that are not dominated by acidity. Juicy white wines with beautiful length.

VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?

Oliver Schmid: The VDP.GUTSWEIN “Von Unserm” Rheingau Riesling dry. We like to call it the liquid calling card of the winery. It stands for the Balthasar Ress style, which is consistent throughout the entire range.

VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?

Oliver Schmid: Of our NUSSBRUNNEN Riesling GG VDP.GROSSE LAGE®. The wine has been one of the most highly acclaimed VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® wines in the Rheingau for several years now. We are particularly proud of the VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® from the 2015 vintage, which was voted the best GG of the region by some critics.
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“WINE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING MAGICAL FOR ME.”

NUSSBRUNNEN
Riesling GG
VDP.GROSSE LAGE®

VDP: Why did you become a vintner?

Oliver Schmid: Wine has always been something magical for me. Be it the wine landscapes throughout the seasons or my parents’ small wine cellar. That’s why I decided to do my first internship at VDP.Weingut Achim von Oettinger. From there, everything took its course.

VDP: Did you have mentors?

Oliver Schmid: Yes, Rowald Hepp from VDP.Weingut Schloss Vollrads and later Dirk Würtz from VDP.Weingut Balthasar Ress.

VDP: What are your next goals?

Oliver Schmid: To successfully continue the path that Balthasar Ress took in 2010 and to contribute my own know-how together with a great team.

VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?

Oliver Schmid: Tradition embodies the family at Ress. The team ensures innovation – a perfect complement!