Office HoursDi-Fr 09.00-17.00, Mi 09.00-18.00, Sa 10.00-13.00
70% Spätburgunder, Frühburgunder, St. Laurent, Weißburgunder, Riesling, Silvaner
VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Lewis Schmitt: Our Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) tradition goes back to 1881. Our founders developed a Pinot Noir clone known as the “Neus” clone. Not only our wines are special: our neoclassical villa, the English landscape garden and our timelessly designed vinotheque were recently awarded the “Great Capitals International Award 2018” in the category “Architecture, Parks and Gardens”! You can also admire the longest barrel cellar in Rheinhessen.
VDP:What is your winery philosophy?
Lewis Schmitt: We want to combine tradition and innovation. And we focus on natural methods of winemaking.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Lewis Schmitt: We want elegant, slender wines. Our favourite grape variety is Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).
VDP:Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Lewis Schmitt: The VDP.ORTSWEIN Pinot Noir Muschelkalk.
VDP:Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Lewis Schmitt: Of our VDP.ORTSWEINE Spätburgunder “Alte Reben” (old vine Pinot Noir), because of the extraordinary price-performance ratio!
VDP:Why did you become a vintner?
Lewis Schmitt: You can accompany a product every single step from growing the raw material to the end product. Where else can you find that? You also get to work with and in nature!
VDP:Do you have a role model?
Lewis Schmitt: The German Spätburgunder winegrowers with their focus on quality and finesse.
VDP:What are your next goals?
Lewis Schmitt: We want to further increase our quality and climb to the peak of German Spätburgunder. In addition, we are committed to ecological, gentle wine production.
VDP:How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Lewis Schmitt: Traditionally, we use our clone of Pinot Noir, the Neus clone, which I already mentioned. When we vinify and mature our wine in the cellar, we combine the tried and true with new technologies.
VDP:If your wine were music, what would it be?
Lewis Schmitt: Smooth, rocky, chilly ... it goes in several directions. One style of music is not enough.