Baden, Germany

"Our winemaking methods have changed little over time. Spontaneous fermentation, extended time on lees, minimal sulphur use and unfiltered wines are not new fads or trends for us, but lived family tradition.” Johannes and Christoph Schneider

Their range of wines focuses on the Burgundian varieties and Gutedel. Weingut Schneider holds six hectares in the Weiler Schlipf, the most south-westerly single vineyard site in Germany, directly on the Swiss border. The Weiiler Schlipf is in danger of disappearing, the soil consisting of impermeable sandstone slabs covered by a layer of limestone and clay. This steep slope is slowly sliding (in local dialect: “schlipft”) down.


The people of Weingut Claus Schneider

The Schneider family has a strong link to the soils and vineyards in Weil am Rhein dating back to 1492. In the nineteenth century, the family started to develop wine growing as a main income source. Nowadays the winery consists of 12 hectares with the whole family working on the estate. Just recently a new generation took over responsibility, with Johannes and Christoph.

Johannes in the Vineyard


There is a strong emphasis on building and preserving healthy soil, undesired weeds are suppressed only mechanically and soil structure is improved only by small doses of compost or fertilisers.

In the cellar, Johannes and Christoph value the basic principles of quality winemaking. Hand-picking grapes, natural fermentations, long ageing in barrels and bottle ageing. Due to the minimalistic work in the cellar, Weingut Schneider produce elegant wines with great ageing potential.

“The brothers know how to create the Pinot classics like their father Claus, but with an additional focus on freshness and precision, while at the same time creating experimental wines that derive their originality from good craftsmanship.”
– Newcomers of the Year 2022 | Falstaff Wine Guide Germany
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