An aromatic white that's deliciously dry and perfumed. Particularly good with sushi or other "raw bar" foods.
|Wine maker notes
|Johannes Geil-Bierschenk, who farms 30 hectares of Riesling and many forgotten varieties in the village of Bechtheim, is an emblem of the new generation in the Rheinhessen committed to lower yields and higher quality.
Once the fruit is picked, Johannes believes in immediate pressing to maintain the liveliness of the juice, and favors ambient yeast fermentations, both utilized to preserve what Johannes believes is the most important aspect of a wine – its aroma. Minimal skin contact, cold fermentations in steel and oak, gravity clarification, racking immediately after fermentation, and fine lees contact all contribute to Johannes’ clean and expressive wines. As he says, “Every year we are trying to make one less mistake… or maybe two.”
|In 1871 when Georg Geil, father of Johann Geil, bought the manor house at the heart of the estate, it stood close to the edge of the village. His purchase would lay the cornerstone for the Geil family’s winegrowing tradition in Bechtheim.
The estate would eventually come to bear the name of his son Johann Geil, who at age ten planted a chestnut tree in the garden. Its mighty branches stretch high over the property even today. Johann Geil also pushed to become one of the first producers to bottle wine in Bechtheim.
His vision and entrepreneurial spirit weren’t just limited to wine. He was also one of the founders of the Raiffeisenbank and the local commercial cooperative, and served for many years as the town’s mayor as well.
His dedication and wide-ranging service for the citizens and community of Bechtheim earned him the honorary title of Oekonomierat from the Grand Duke zu Hessen und bei Rhein.
The estate is named in his honor!