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About us

  • Winemaker Carl-Christian Schmitt
  • Vineyard-area 28 hectare
  • sparkling wine

Contact details:

Schlossgut Schmitt
Carl-Christian Schmitt
Hauptstraße 45 67583 Guntersblum

Processed vineyards

Guntersblumer Himmelthal

Guntersblumer Himmelthal (Heaven’s valley of Guntersblum)

High, higher, heavenly in Guntersblum

The term Himmel - also common in naming - indicates good cultivated land or high altitude sites. The Guntersblum single vineyard Himmelthal actually is located bit higher, closer to the sun and thus perfect for grapes of higher ripeness. A wide variety of grape varieties thrive on fertile loess soil, such as Pinot Gris or red varieties like Pinot Madeleine, Piot Meunier and Dornfelder. The Protestant parish church there also is heavenly. Not one, but two towers rise up to the sky. This church is one of the rare so called “Heidentürme” (engl. pagan towers), built around 1102 after the 1st Crusade to the Holy Land. 

> To the other single sites of Guntersblum: Bornpfad, Kreuzkapelle and Steig-Terrassen 
> Information about the Heidenturm Guntersblum: https://www.regionalgeschichte.net/bibliothek/aufsaetze/kotzur-heidentuerme-rheinhessen.html#c68805 
> To the blog entry about the Heidentürme in Rheinhessen: https://blog.rheinhessen.de/orient-rheinhessen-heidenturmkirchen/ 
> On the photo at the hedge the attentive viewer sees a red device. This is used for starling defense. With a loud bang the birds are driven away. 

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Guntersblumer Kreuzkapelle

Guntersblumer Kreuzkapelle (Chapel of the Cross od Guntersblum)

No chapelanymore, but wonderful sunken paths

The name of the vineyard is based on a former Kreuzkapelle (eng. “cross chapel”), which apparently no longer exists. The vines of this single vineyard grow between Guntersblum and Ludwigshöhe, on the Rhine terrace. Loess and clay minerals ensure a good supply of nutrients for a variety of vines. Hikers can discover this single vineyard ideally via the Rheinterrassenweg, the fourth stage. Behind Guntersblum, from the Römerturm (Engl. Roman’s tower) one has a magnificent view of the Rhine valley. After that, the loess walls close in on each other. The sunken paths are a paradise for nature and animals.

> To the other single vineyard sites of Guntersblum: Bornpfad, Himmelthal and Steig-Terrassen
> Discover this single vineyard via Rheinterrassenweg, stage 4:


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Guntersblumer Steig-Terrassen

Guntersblumer Steig-Terrassen

Climb up and enjoy the view over the terraces

There's no mistake in the spelling here. The name is meant exactly as it is written: The Middle High German word "Steige", which means steep descent; is joined by the terraced terrain. The vines look towards the Rhine like visitors in a theatre. Behind the loess layer is limestone. The site is hot and dry. The wines are ripe and spicy. Close to the single vineyard: the Jewish cemetery, first mentioned in a document in 1736.

> To the other single vineyard sites of Guntersblum: Bornpfad, Himmelthal, and Kreuzkapelle.
> Information about the Jewish cemetery: https://www.kulturverein-guntersblum.de/joomla/index.php/geschichte/der-juedische-friedhof-in-guntersblum 
> Discover this single vineyard via Rheinterrassenweg, stage 4: 
> In the photos you can see two red grape harvesting machines. The photos were taken in the fall of 2021. 

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