At the beginning of the 18th century Napoleon travelled along the Rhine. In order to finance his expeditions, he sold his properties of old nobility courts, also in Nierstein.
Our ancestor, Kaspar Schneider, used this opportunity. He bought the vineyards setting therewith the basic stock for our present business. Since this time the family life and work is characterized by dealing with vine, its soils, and the nature in Nierstein.
Harvest crew, 1921
Some generations have followed the family wine growing tradition since then. With the vintage 2012 the baton was passed on to the next generation. After over 40 years of wine making, Albrecht Schneider took a step back, handing over the responsibility to his daughter Ursula and her husband Steffen Müller. However, a family-run business does not work without family. No generation works without the expertise and experience of the forerunners. We are pleased that our “8th generation” is still literally living winery with us. And we feel blessed having family and committed employees around us, who turn each vintage into a unique one.
label & coat of arms
We are always asked who the little man on the Label and cap is. He is the central element of the traditional Schneider coat of arms. Historically from a farming background, the little man with his spike and sickle has always been our emblem symbol and has accompanied the family through the centuries.
The community of wineries on the Roten Hang, this unique mountain of red slate is giving the wines from Nierstein its outstanding characteristic minerality. The pivotal event is the great wine presentation on the 2. June weekend celebrated in the middle of the vinyard. Tasting wine during the day and celebrating the sunset in the night at the highest point with a selection of top Rieslings.
Together we are stronger! Our motto in that group of winemakers from the Rhine. Joint trade fairs, wine projects, wine tastings and a vivid exchange around our winemakers’ lives brings another perspective on to our work.
The winery of Steffen Müller in Schwabsburg, in other words, our “sister winery” and the other half of “Die Weingüter Schneider Müller”
We are proud to tell that we are not the only ones being convinced of our excellent wines:
Gault Millau 2016:
“Yet the dry Riesling from the limestone soil is not only just cool and juicy, but also slightly salty and spicy. Magnificent. Besides the calibrated, yellow succulent Hipping, we appreciate the dry Riesling late vintage from the Hummerthal, a particularly stony piece of sirloin of the mountain Paterberg, with ancestral spice and flavors of pink grapefruit and lemon. The alcohol content is absolutely moderate, and the prices are right: That’s the Red Slope in its full joy!”
“A good, well-balanced collection is debuted by Ursula und Steffen Müller. The Pinot Blanc is fresh and straight as well as the floral Sauvignon Blanc. The Pinot Gris is fruity and clean toned, and also the Pinot Noir is clear and fresh. However, Nierstein represents Riesling and Riesling series and convinces from its cutting Literriesling to its fresh, straight, and sweet late vintage that are characterized by a contrast of sweetness and tenaciousness. The Riesling from the limestone is clear, fresh and vivid. The Riesling from Rotliegenden is spicy and slightly more dominant. The layers Rieslings wines of 2013 present themselves in a very compact way, though they yet seem a bit reserved. The Hummerthal Riesling is clear and gripping, the dry Hipping late vintage is spicy and powerful. Our favorites are the two Hipping mountain wines from the steepest part of the Red Slope with 30 years old vines: the vintage 2013 is focused and clean toned, gripping and structures. Yet youthfully reserved, the vintage 2014 is corpulent and juicy.”
Gault Millau 2015:
“The 2013 white wines are deliberately classy, straight and juicy. The consumer will find here a large variety of delicate Rieslings (…) Such as the dry Late Vintage “from the Rotliegenden”: straight tropically fruity with only an 11.5% content of alcohol. Its pendant, the NiersteinHipping Mountain: is a delicious liaison of cool mineral and jelly thickened apricot fruit. Wines that bring just joy.”
Clear, straight, extremely clean toned: the wine creation by Ursula Müller, born Schneider, and her husband Steffen, is precisely described by the “Gault Millau Wine Guide” like this: “Spirited, juicy wines of best soils!”
WINE SPECTATOR / DEZEMBER 2013:
NR. 1 IN DER LISTE DER “100 OUTSTANDING VALUES”
“GERMANY MAKES A STATEMENT WITH THE TOP SCORIN VALUE WHITE, THE GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER RIESLING SPÄTLESE, NIERSTEINER HIPPING.
THE HONEY CREAM AND SPICE FLAVOURS DOMINATE THIS PLUSH VERSION, FEATURING A CREAMY MOUTHFEEL AND ACCENTS OF TARRAGON. OFFERS AN AIRY TEXTURE, WITH ADDED NOTES OF RIPE MELON AND ORANGEPEEL.”
Nierstein is traditionally characterized by the Riesling vines located on three main soil types: Löss, Kalkmergel, and especially the famous “Roten Hang” (The Red Mountainside – called The Red Slope) providing perfect growing conditions.
The Riesling occupies also in our winery s a leading role, feeling very comfortable on the Roten Hang, Kalkstein and Löss.
We are thankful to grow wine on soils of the Roten Hang. The Vinyrad Hipping, the east-southeast slope in the geologic center of the Roten Hang is our wine center on this mountain. Catching the first rays of sunlight, it immediately stores the heat in the red rock. In the evening, when the slope is already in the shade, earlier than other parts of the mountain, the heated red stone is exuding its warmth. That’s the place where we have land parcels in every altitudes reaching up to the steepest part – our Hipping Berg. Here we try our best each vintage, provide the best of this land and its 30 years old vines.
In addition to these Rieslings in all its facets, more and more supporting actors are joining for several years the winery stage. Especially the Pinot family has safely reached its regular place. However, also the Sauvignon Blanc, the Gewürztraminer (an aromatic and full-bodied white wine) and Pinot Noir feel comfortable in the Rheinhessen climate.
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