|Domänenweingut Schloss Schönborn
|Schloss Schönborn Riesling Dry, Estate
Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett, Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg
Schloss Schönborn Riesling Spätlese, Erbacher Marcobrunn
664 years of wine cultivation by the Counts of Schönborn from 1349-2013.
The roots of the von Schönborn family can be traced back to the crusades and the first mention with respect to viticulture was in the year 1349. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family, (27 generations). Over the years the estate was steadily enlarged especially in the 17th century with acquisitions of the famous Erbacher Marcobrunn. With almost 50% ownership, the Schönborn’s have by far the largest ownership in this great vineyard. Historic invoices document the purchase of hand blown glass bottles in 1725, acknowledging that the Schönborn’s were among the first to bottle their wines. The oldest known still drinkable wine is in fact the 1735 Johannisberger, a bottle from the rarities cellar that was auctioned in 1987. As a point of interest, in the old days, wines were matured in cask for 10-15 years. The Schönborn’s have one of the deepest rarities cellars in the world with a number of bottles from three vintages from the 1700’s remaining.
For over 660 years the Schönborn’s have practiced sustainable vineyard practices, in parallel with a philosophy of producing great wines continuously. The estate owns over 50 hectares, (125 acres), of vineyards throughout the Rheingau. It is the only estate in the region with 38 single vineyard holdings in the best parts of the region.
Following are highlights of these expansive single vineyard holdings:
Hattenheim, Pfaffenberg (monopole), Nussbrunnen, Wisselbrunnen
Johannisberg, Klaus, Vogelsang
Geisenheim, Schlossgarten, Mäuerchen, Rothenberg
Winkel, Jesuitengarten, Hasensprung
Hochheim, Domdechaney, Kirchenstück, Hölle
Rüdesheim, Berg Schlossberg, Berg Rottland, Bischofsberg
Schloss Schönborn produces 25,000 annually and is a founding member of the Rheingau VDP!
Vineyard Map & Labels
Wine Fact Sheet = WFS
Shelf Talker = ST
Tasting Notes/Press = TN/P