Freiherr Heyl Zu Herrnsheim dates to the 16th century, when a group of monks from Worms bought vineyards in Nierstein and began working them. The estate was bought and sold several times until the 1980s, when owner Peter von Weymarn earned the estate an outstanding reputation for Rieslings on the Monpollage Brudersberg. Weymarn also pioneered organic viticulture in the area, and his wines frequently won awards not only for their excellence but for their extreme attention to organic winemaking. Since 2006 the estate has been owned by Detlev Meyer and continues to make primarily Riesling, usually with the traditional label depicting a monk.
Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest “anbaugebiete,” or “quality wine region.” With 65,000 vineyard acres located along the Rhine, it is in the center of Germany’s wine industry. And, for many years, the region was known primarily for producing large amounts of bulk wine blends. In recent years, however, it has become one of the most exciting wine producing areas in Germany, thanks in large part to an energetic group of young, talented, worldly winemakers who have shaken up the region with a return to traditional, rather than industrial, winemaking methods and an emphasis on quality. The dominant grape in Rheinhessen is Muller-Thurgau, followed by Riesling, Sylvaner, Scheurebe, and several others.
This white variety originated in Germany. It’s known for its strong flowery aromas and high acidity. Please note Rieslings can have dramatic differences as the grape can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines.