ANNO DOMINI 1510
Weingut STEITZ cultivates roughly 15 ha of vineyard acreage, with sites distributed all around the village of Stein-Bockenheim. On the Steitz vineyards, 75% of the vines planted are white wine, and 25% of the acreage is dedicated to red grape varieties. With regard to the white varieties, the focus is on Pinot varieties, Riesling and Silvaner. Pinot Noir is the most important red grape variety.
As far as climate is concerned, the area around Stein-Bockenheim is almost predestined for winegrowing. Protected by the Donnersberg mountain range, the region is one of Germany’s warmest and most arid. Strong rainfalls are an exception here.
Rheinhessen’s highest elevations are located right outside our doorstep. For instance, our Pinot Noirs find optimal growing conditions on the EICHELBERG (320 m above sea-level), and the HEERKRETZ (up to 280 m above sea-level) offers a perfect environment to our Rieslings. These sites are of a comparatively high altitude for winegrowing, and this makes the grapes ripen more slowly (because it is cooler). Owing to the protracted growing season, the vines have more time to enrichen the grapes with ingredients. In these times of global warming, the elevated position of our vineyards is a clear locational advantage for high-quality winegrowing.