Battenfeld-Spanier and Kühling-Gillot
Battenfeld-Spanier and Kúhling-Gillot
Visiting the Rheinhessen winemaker couple Carolin Spanier- Gillot and Hans Oliver Spanier.
On 8 September we visited the Rheinhessen region for a quick visit. I heard about the winemaker couple who won lots of award winning prices so I had to give them a visit. They own 43 hectares of vineyards which produce the highest quality organic wines from this region.
After a small three hours driving we arrived at the winery in Hohen-Sülzen. Hans Oliver welcomed us at their winery together with his charming wife Carolin. At the top of the winery the family lives in a great modern house with a vinotheque where we were invited to have lunch and afterwards have a tasting of their wines. During the lunch we talked about their wineries and the passion for winemaking.
High Level Biodynamic wineries
Hans Oliver took over the parental vineyard in the Hohen-Hülzen in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1991 while he was 20 years old. Caroline took over her parents winery in 2002. Nowadays they run together the two wineries Battenfeld-Spanier and Kühling-Gillot.
Both wineries are producing high level organic wines and both with its own authenticity. The vineyards itself are on different locations so also the soils are different. Kühling-Gillot covers vineyards like the Rothenberg , Pettenthal and the Hipping with lots of red slate. Battenfeld-Spanier covers vineyards like the Frauenberg and Herrgott – with limestone soil.
Together, the pair revolutionized how Rheinhessen perceived their wines, making bright clear white wines full of mineral velvet and rich bouquets of flavor. Also the transition to biodynamic was revolutionary for this wineregion.
We tasted their great wines and also the Grosses Gewächs quality wines which are already terrific and will only get better within the years.
See my other reviews soon in the review section.
Battenfeld-Spanier: Riesling GG Frauenberg 2017
Website winery: www.battenfeld-spanier.de