Rheinhessen, Germany

“When I founded Battenfeld Spanier at the age of 20, restoring soil vitality was a primary goal. The grape vine is an interpreter of the relationship between light and earth. I could do little to influence the light, therefore I focused on the soil. The conversion of my vineyards in 1993 to ecological cultivation was a natural and logical step. In my mind, wine should directly communicate an impression of the soil characteristics of southern Wonnegau: marled chalk, chalk pebbles and solid limestone. One should be able to experience and taste the rock.”

H.O Spanier

Oppenheim 1
Zellerweg 1
Zellerweg Schwarzer Herrgott 1

Battenfeld Spanier is located in Hohen-Sülzen in the southern Wonnegau of Rheinhessen, the vineyards crisscrossed by subterranean limestone beds.

While always managed organically, since 2005 Battenfeld Spanier has also adopted biodynamic principles into their vineyard management.

A recent focus for the team has been on bringing two 'forgotten' Zellertal sites back to life: Frauenberg and Am Schwarzen Herrgott. These sites, on a 60-degree slope, are characterised by a hard limestone base and surface marled chalk, both the remains of an ancient seashell formation.

"I am convinced that, in the coming decades, this limestone soil will provide the best conditions for harmonious maturity of grapes, while the bare rock will keep yields low. In combination with biodynamic cultivation methods, such extremes can be shepherded to a new harmony."

Hohen Suelzen
“Disguised as an Ortswein (village wine), the Mölsheim is made from grapes that all come from Erste Lagen (premier-cru sites) and this provenance manifests itself in a multi-faceted fragrance of herbal and fruit aromas.”
– Mölsheim Riesling 2020 | (MS)
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