WEINGUT HARALD SCHOLL is a Biodynamic winery in the Rheinhessen region of Germany. After graduating from high school Harald Scholl began a two-year training as a winemaker. From 1987-1991 Scholl studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Geisenheim. He gained a Degree as Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) for viticulture and oenology and took over here in 1991 straight out of winemaking university.

VINEYARDS  8.4 hectares (20.7 acres) Clayey, calcareous clay soils (rocky and mineral-rich) in a warm, dry climate, on gently sloping hills.

POLYCULTURE Scholl has a flock of sheerless sheep for vineyard weed control. 

BIODYNAMICS Harald Scholl told me (2010) he uses all nine Biodynamic preparations. He makes his own horn manure 500 and horn silica 501 vineyard spray preparations, and collects wild Common Horsetail to make the Equisetum arvense 508 vineyard spray preparation. The Biodynamic compost preparations 502-507 are applied to the vineyard via Maria Thun’s Barrel Compost soil spray (‘Fladenpräparat’) rather than via solid Biodynamic compost. All sprays are stirred (dynamized) by hand).

CERTIFICATION 1992 Certified organic from 1992. 2010 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification. 2017 Still certified Biodynamic by Demeter.

WINEMAKING Low intervention wine-making.

RED WINES Dornfelder, Frühburgunder, Portugieser, Regent.

WHITE WINES Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Silvaner.

OTHER CROPS Grape juice. Distillations.

CONTACT Weingut Harald Scholl, Hauptstrasse 11, D-55234 Gau-Heppenheim, Germany / +49 (0)6731 999802 / www.weingut-scholl.de