Weingut Schmitt
Petillant Naturel Vol. II
Riesling, Pinot Blanc
Rheinhessen, Germany

I'm a big fan of Weingut Schmitt, a 200-year-old winery in Rheinhessen, which is now run by Bianka and Daniel Schmitt, two very young and inspiring humans. They are certified bio-dynamic and have a huge range of wines with no added sulfites. With 16 hectares of wine yards, they are one of the more significant natural wine producers and have made continuously very drinkable and stable wines. I absolutely adore the way they make very approachable Rieslings and even easy drinking orange wines.

For this month I picked their newest Pet-Nat, which is made with Riesling and Pinot blanc and for me can easily compete with classic sparkling wines. It's probably very close to a Cremant from Alsace. It smells like a yeasty tea of flowers mixed with quince juice. It has very balanced acidity with lots of yellow fruit and some subtle bitter aftertaste. It should work very well as an apéritif with sweet or savory finger food but also with lighter dishes.

This wine is part of
Volume 2: The Deutschwein Edition