WEINGUT IM ZWÖLBERICH is a winery in the Nahe region of Germanymidway between Bad Kreuznach and Bingen-am-Rhein.

OWNER Hartmut Heintz.

BACKGROUND ‘Hartmut Heintz [b.1961]took over this Lower Nahe domaine in 1985, at the age of twenty-four, when his father Walter retired. “My father was organic-minded,” says Heintz. “In the 1950s, he planted vineyards with a big distance of 3.5 metres (11.5 feet) between the rows in order to improve mechanization. But he did not use weedkillers, instead letting indigenous plants grow.’ 1

VINEYARDS 2003 17 hectares (42 acres). 2008 21 hectares (52 acres). 2013 25 hectares (62 acres).

VINE SPACING The rows are three meters (nine feet) apart, twice as far apart as the vineyard next door. “The vines get more light and air this way. Wild herbs, vetch, clover and Phacelia can grow wild between the rows. These plants attract wildlife such as butterflies, bees, songbirds or hedgehogs, ensuring a natural biological balance which helps to control pests. This wider planting also allows the grapes to dry more quickly after rainfall, making it easier to control the spread of fungal disease organisms,” says Heintz. “

TERROIR Terroir Heintz says “The areas surrounding Langenlonsheim and Guldental are characterised by different soil types. Terraced gravelly soil, loam, sand and red (iron-rich) soil are just some of these. The reason for the particularly large variety of types of soil and grapevines is that the Nahe is situated on a large geological seam.”

BIODYNAMICS ‘The Biodynamic compost preparations are applied to the vineyard in liquid form as the Maria Thun barrel compost spray 502-507. Cow manure is sourced from a Demeter-certified dairy herd nearby.’ 1

POLYCULTURE Grape juice made from estate grapes and Demeter-certified grapes from other producers.

CERTIFICATION 1986 First organic practices. 1989 First Biodynamic practices. 1990 First vintage with full organic certification. 1993 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification. 2017 Still Demeter certified Biodynamic. 2017 Still Demeter certified Biodynamic.

WINES

GRAUBURGUNDER CLASSIC 2014 Pinot Gris. Classic Clean, simple at Millésime Bio 2015.

GULDENTALER HONIGBERG Vineyards here are surrounded by protective forest and orchards, so there is no possibility of spray drift from neighbours. The subsoil of this location consists of red sandstone, which rose to the west and east of the Guldenbachs, when the Guldenbachtal fell down as a column millions of years ago. On the rock are only about 70 – 80 cm culture soil. The wines that grow there are shaped to a special degree by the water supply of the plants throughout the year.

GULDENTALER ROSENTEICH RIESLING

GULDENTALER ROSENTEICH WEISSERBURGUNDER Pinot Blanc

LANGENLONSHEIMER BERGBORN

LANGENLONSHEIMER KÖNIGSSCHILD

LANGENLONSHEIMER LAUERWEG

LANGENLONSHEIMER LÖHRER BERG Planted with Silvaner and Pinot Gris.

LANGENLONSHEIMER ST ANTONIUSWEG

LANGENLONSHEIMER STEINCHEN Planted with Pinot Noir, Dunkelfelder, Dornfelder, Rivaner, Müller-Thurgau.

LANGENLONSHEIMER STEINCHEN, SPÄTBURGUNDER 2011 Tired and not my style at Millésime Bio 2015.

CONTACT Weingut im Zwölberich, Schutzenstrasse 14, D-55450 Langenlonsheim, Germany / +49 (0)6704 9200 / wwww.zwoelbereich.de