Schloss Schönborn is one of Germany’s most historic producers. The aristocratic von Schönborn family traces its lineage back to the 14th century, and the family was involved with viticulture starting in 1349. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest estate in Germany continuously owned by the same family. The family has enlarged the operation over the 27 generations of ownership. Of note was a 17th century acquisition of a large part of the famous Erbacher Marcobrunn vineyard. Today the estate includes about 125 acres of vineyards throughout the Rheingau.
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.