A (bio)dynamic Family Estate in Germany's Rheinhessen Region
The Wittmann family has been growing grapes and producing wine in the small Rheinhessen village of Westhofen since 1663. Today, the estate cultivates 62 acres of vines in the rolling limestone hills found in the southern part of the region, just west of the Rhine river valley. They have been pioneers in developing the full-bodied, well-balanced style of dry wines for which the region has become known. And they were early adopters of organic (1990) and biodynamic (2004) viticulture.
Riesling is the dominant grape variety, accounting for 65% of the estate’s vineyard area. They also produce the three Pinot varieties (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir), as well as Silvaner. In addition, small quantities of Scheurebe, Chardonnay and some minor varieties are grown.
100 HILLS WINES
The entry-level “100 Hills” wines are produced with about 40% estate-harvested fruit, primarily from sites that are not as dominated by limestone as the estate’s best vineyards. The remainder of the fruit is sourced from other local growers, all of whom are members of Naturland, a German certification organization for Organic agriculture. The fruit is harvested by hand, fermented naturally and matured in 50% stainless steel tanks and 50% large, neutral wooden casks. This combination retains the lively, bright fruit while bringing an extra dimension of texture from maturation in wood.
100 Hills Riesling
A modern classic. Elegant with invigorating freshness of grapefruit and peach. Amazingly juicy and fresh with lively acidity and a fine minerality. An essential everyday Riesling to be enjoyed with seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, white meats or fish.
100 Hills Pinot Blanc
Elegant, with fine aromas of ripe fruit, basil and mint. Creamy and fresh with vibrant acidity and a fine minerality. Invigorating freshness of ripe fruits and nuts. An everyday wine; pairs well with all foods.
The Wittmann Rosé is a blend of St. Laurent and Spätburgunder harvested by hand in estate-owned vineyards around the village of Westhofen. The wine has a fresh, fruity depth, with medium weight and a delightly fully creamy texture on the palate.
Estate Riesling Trocken
The Wittmann Estate Riesling Trocken is harvested by hand from estate-owned vineyards around the village of Westhofen. It is fermented with native yeasts and matured in large, neutral oak casks. The wine shows a deep, stony aroma, with an elegant structure and bright citrus juice that leads to a lingering, piquant finish.
Hand harvested from estate-owned vineyards in the village of Westhofen, the Spätburgunder is an elegant, classic Pinot Noir. It has a fine aroma of dark berries and herbs atop a full, yet delicate texture on the palate. Well structured and mouth filling, with a minerally acid edge that gives it a lively finish.
Westhofener Riesling Trocken
This is the estate’s “village” wine (VDP.Ortswein), selected from younger blocks (5 to 15 years) in the Grosse Lage (grand cru) Morstein and Brunnenhäuschen vineyards. It is a selective hand harvest of fully ripe grapes that are gently pressed and naturally fermented in large, neutral oak casks. Rich in mineral tones, this wine shows the great potential of these tops sites.
Aulerde Riesling GG
First documented in 1380, the Aulerde site lies at the foot of the protective slopes of the Kirchspiel vineyard, and it is the estate’s warmest site. The topsoil is mostly a deep layer of loess, but in a small portion of Aulerde there is a heavy clayish marl with only a small amount of limestone. It is only in this parcel that Riesling is grown in the Aulerde vineyard.
Kirchspiel Riesling GG
The Kirchspiel vineyard opens up like an amphitheatre toward the Rhine and receives the sun’s first rays in the morning. Here the vines, with their east to southeast exposure, are sheltered from the cold west winds; this provides the Kirchspiel with a choice microclimate. Our vineyards here are planted mainly in the upper portion of the site, with a gradient of up to thirty per cent.
Morstein Riesling GG
The Morstein vineyard is situated on a south-facing slope that ascends from the glacial valley of the Rhine to the rim of a high plateau, reaching a height of 280 meters (920 ft.) above sea level at an inclination of 20 percent. The vines for the Morstein Rieslings lie in a choice, five-hectare (12.3-acre) parcel of the site. Grosses Gewächs (GG) is the term for an estate’s best dry wine from a classified vineyard.