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Weingut Schmitt's Kinder
Appellation = Franken
Karl Schmitt
Martin Schmitt
8,500 cases
Family owned and operated since 1710
14.1 Hectares
Randersacker Pfülben (.75ha)
Randersacker Pfülben - Mendelssohn (.25ha)
Randersacker Sonnenstuhl (6.8ha)
Randersacker Marsberg (2ha)
Randersacker Tenfelskeller (2.3ha)
Randersacker village vineyards (2ha)
Decomposed Limestone
35 years
34% Silvaner
14% Müller-Thurgau
14% Riesling
8% Pinot Noir
30% Other varietals (Bacchus, Domina, Pinot Blanc, Scheurebe & Rieslaner)
Schmitt's Kinder Silvaner Dry, Randersackerer
Schmitt's Kinder Silvaner Dry Erste Lage, Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl
Schmitt's Kinder Silvaner Dry GG, Randersackerer Pfülben
Schmitt's Kinder Riesling Dry GG, Randersackerer Pfülben
Schmitt's Kinder Pinot Noir "Tradition" Erste Lage, Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl
Schmitt's Kinder Pinot Noir GG, Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl
95% Dry
75% Stainless steel / 25% Oak
50% Natural yeast / 50% Cultured yeast
Practicing Eco Friendly
Since 1977

Schmitt’s KinderAppellation: Franken

The Schmitt family has a tradition in viticulture dating back to 1712. The baroque estate manor built between 1710 and 1712 in the center of Randersacker spawned almost 10 generations of Schmitt’s that continued the tradition of producing wine from the steep vineyards along the Main river in Randersacker near Würzburg. Early last century the parents of the Schmitt clan died very young and left the surviving children as a community of heirs and instead of dividing the estate they decided to manage the estate together. Hence the name Schmitt’s Kinder.

The great grandfather of the current generation liked the designation and passed it on to Martin’s grandfather, Adam John Schmitt and then to his parents Karl and Renate Schmitt and of course last to him. As of 2014, he is the new man in charge after his apprenticeships and his schooling in Geisenheim. He is a skilled winemaker for both superb whites and reds. His responsibility is to uphold the quality for one of the great estates in Franconia and thus far has done a superb job.

Old documents, labels, photographs, bottles and work implements were transferred from the old manor to the more recently built estate building at the foot of the Sonnenstuhl vineyard in 1984. The estate is a member of TRIAS, (terroir, passion, pleasure), and the prestigious VDP growers association.

Vineyard Descriptions

Pfülben (VDP, Grosse Lage): Bounded on both sides by a steep tributary valley, the Pfülben pushes above the town of Randersacker into the Main Valley. With its rounded edges it reminds of a fully stuffed pillow. In German it is denoted as “Flülwen” thus the name of the vineyard. At the steepest points these 70% steep Slopes with skeleton rich limestone marl at an elevation of 200m grow topflight Rieslings and Silvaners. With its proximity to the riverbanks, the vines profit from the light and thermal reflections of the Main River.

This middle to very deep humus rich and easily warmed limestone marl soils are generators for quick warming as well as providing excellent thermal storage capacity. The limited rainfall in the Main Valley provide for a near perfect and stable climate. A near ideal vineyard for the production of top dry wines, the GG’s or Grand Cru’s of Germany.

The Wines – Ripe, multilayered on the nose; herbal, ethereal nuances of spruce with body and powerful structure but also finesse.

Pfülben-Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Pfülben-Silvaner Grosses Gewächs

Marsberg (VDP, Erste Lage): The Marsberg is composed of the following “former” sites: Spielberg, Marsberg, Hammelsmaier, Ewig Leben and Westroden. The original Marsberg is a slipface in a side valley with up to 251m elevation, (the river bottom is at 176m). Exposure is to the South with very deep loam and clay laced in limestone soil.

In the front portion, a Southwest facing underant slope which points directly towards the Main River, is the location of the Spielberg vineyard. The soil is more shallow and nutrient rich with very high limestone content and 70% steep. An ideal site for top Rieslings!

The Wines – Very ripe, lots of spice with herbal nuances and mineral drive.

Marsberg Silvaner “Old Vines”

Marsberg Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc)

Marsberg “Spielberg” Riesling

Sonnenstuhl (VDP. Grosse Lage (the “filet” portion of the vineyard), the remainder VDP, Erste Lage): The Sonnenstuhl is also comprised of the following vineyards; (pre 1971 wine Law) Hohes Roth, Rückersell and Paradis. These vineyards are mentioned in documents dating back to 1240 as “monte Rode aput Raudersacher”. From the Sonnenstuhl tower overlooking the main valley, one has a view over the slope with South-Southwest exposure. The vineyard is traversed with large retaining walls hence the name “chair of the sun”!

In the steepest part or the upper portions of the vineyard it is comprised of clay and loam whereas in the lower portion is made up of loan and intermixed humus and sand. These are easily warmed soils where Silvaner and Pinot Noir feel quite comfortable.

The Wines: yellow fruit, ripe, substantial body and creamy texture

Sonnenstuhl Spätburgunder GG

Sonnenstuhl Spätburgunder Erste Lage

Sonnenstuhl Silvaner Erste Lage

Sonnenstuhl Riesling Erste Lage

VDP Ortsweine (Village Wines)

Randersacker (Ewig Leben) Müller-Thurgau

Randersacker Silvaner

VDP Gutsweine (Estate Wines)

Blanc de Blancs trocken (Cuvee of Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus & Scheurebe)

Rose Trocken (Domina & Pinot Noir)

How the Schmitt’s acquired the Mendelsohn Vineyards: Within the Pfülben vineyard is the vineyard Mendelssohn. By comparison to the GG portion of the Pfülben within the filet portion of the vineyard near the Main River the vineyard Mendelssohn is atop the hill. The soil here is stony and the climate is more exposed and windy but can produce in certain vintages crystalline pure, filigree, mineral driven wines with a wonderful expression of herbs and spice!

A short story on how this vineyard became the property of the Schmitt’s Kinder estate: The bankers and the family of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy owned a small vineyard in Randersacker which included a small cottage within the vineyard which also happens to be a portion of the Pfülben site and from it there is a magnificent view of the Main valley.

Karl Schmitt- From tales that my father, Adam Schmitt, told me I knew the following. The heirs of the family Mendelsohn-Bartholdy leased this vineyard with the heirs later scattered across the world. The lessee continued to tend to the vineyard. After World War II along with death of the lessee, his children lost contact with the heirs. Meanwhile there was a vineyard consolidation of the Pfülben. The Mendelsohn portion’s ownership could not be resolved.

One day I had a conversation with a noble lady about various issues but also about wine and Randersacker. She mentioned that her aunt owned a vineyard in Randersacker:

“A vineyard in Randersacker I asked disbelieving”? “Yes a vineyard in Randersacker” she said! “Then it must be the vineyard from Mendelssohn-Bartholy I replied.” “How did you know that, she asked surprised?” I proceeded to tell her what my father had told me about this vineyard!

She mentioned that she had an aunt in Tessin, Frau Susi Wach, who is a descendant of Mendelssohn-Batholdy and is already 90 years old and has over the years lost contact with lease-holders and would like to sell the vineyard. I didn’t think about it very long and made her an offer that was generous enough to top all other competing offers. It was then that we discovered the Frau Susi Wach was not the sole owner but was part of a community of heirs that were again scattered mostly around central Europe. The lady’s nephew, Hr. Dr. Thomas Wach was a co-inheritor as luck would have it, also a lawyer and proceeded to gather up the powers of attorney. Once complete we visited a notary and presented the information gathered thus far. The notary, the community of heirs and I had no idea what still needed to be done. The judge of the Probate court demanded the birth and death certificates and certificates if inheritance from all the original heirs of the vineyard. The files were getting thicker and thicker and thicker! Our nerves were near getting the better of us. For example, documents from Dresden burnt during the horrible air raid and would never be available again. Somehow all the participants stayed the course and got it together. The Notary said “it would be laughable that in central Europe we could not possibly resolve these issues!”

Almost three years from the beginning of these negotiations the vineyard Pfülben-Mendelssohn became our property. We hope that the Rieslings from this historical vineyard will bring joy and enjoyment for many years to come.

Schmitt’s Kinder is a member of the VDP.

 

 

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