Bianka and Daniel Schmitt are two talented young winemakers making biodynamic wine “just from grapes” in the Rheinhessen region of Germany. The wines are pure and fresh, full of personality and life. Rheinhessen is the largest wine growing region in Germany, and has been largely associated with bulk production. However, in recent years, the region’s reputation has begun to shift as a new generation of younger, more innovative growers are reducing yields and honing in on the largely undervalued terroir of this region. Bianka and Daniel epitomize this new wave of German winemakers, working hard to produce wines of the highest quality with as little intervention as possible.
The Weingut Schmitt winery has been in the family for over 200 years. Bianka and Daniel have been working their 16 hectares biodynamically for over a decade and are one of only 80 producers in Germany to be Demeter certified. They work with amphorae as well as used oak barrels and release a ‘Natur’ line that contains no added sulphur.
Soil: limestone, sandstone
Average Age of Vines:
Harvest: by hand
Grape: Riesling, Pinot Blanc
Vineyard Size: 16 hectares
Unfiltered and unadulterated, the wine is bottled and directly corked.
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in neutral oak with indigenous yeasts
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Added S02: none
The Petillant Weiss from Bianka and Daniel Schmitt is a very interesting Pet Nat. The main delicious flavour that comes to mind is pineapple, a pure dry pineapple juice, then you have some tangerine and peach too. It’s fruity and floral with a light oxidative note and a lovely mild bready aftertaste. The Petillant Weiß shines in a bright yellow and delights the palate with its lively, animating bubbles. Aromatically, juicy pineapple, apricot, a little lime and delicate hints of brioche seduce. Perfect for brunch and aperitivo!
d.b Schmitt, Petillant Weiß, 2020, Rheinhessen,Germany
Winery: d.b Schmitt
Grape Varietals: Riesling, Sylvaner
Viticulture: Biodynamic and Natural