Louis Guntrum was established in 1648, and since 2003 has been owned and operated by Louis Konstantin Guntrum, who is the 11th generation of the Guntrum family to make wine. During the French Revolution, the Guntrum family fled across the Rhine river and temporarily relocated in Bensheim. In 1909, Louis Guntrum returned to Nierstein and founded the Louis Guntrum winery as it is known today. In February 1945, during World War II, U.S.General Patton occupied the winery and the family mansion, having crossed the Rhein river directly at the Louis Guntrum estate. The current generation is focused on producing high-quality wines that are produced with passion and rooted in history.
Region: Rheinhessen, Germany
Year Founded: 1648
Proprietor: L. Konstantin Guntrum
Winemaker: Kim Kirchhoff
Size of property: 11 hectares (27 acres)
Amount of property planted: 11 hectares (27 acres)
Terroir: Rheinhessen is the ultimate “cool climate“ with approximately 1, 800 hours of sunshine per year. The growing season typically runs from late May until October. Riesling grapes require 100 days of ripening between blossoming and harvest. Annual rainfall averages 500mm (20 inches). Soil types range from a unique red slate in Nierstein to chalk and loam in Oppenheim.
Annual Production: 8.000 cases from Estate fruit; 60.000 cases from purchased fruit.
Varieties Cultivated: Riesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Silvaner, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau.
Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications Received: Sustainable, certified by the German Agricultural Society (DLG)
SCALE OF SWEETNESS
Halbtrocken: Slightly less dry
Kabinett: Fruity but still not showing sweetness
Spatlese: Very fruity, still dry enough to drink with food
Auslese: Richly fruity, beginning to show more residual sugar. Beautiful alone or with select food
Beerenauslese: Rich with concentrated residual sugar;dessert wine with some botrytis
Eiswein: Eiswein is picked when the grapes are frozen in deep winter; varies in degree of sweetness
Trockenbeerenauslese: The most intensely concentrated: sweet, rich, botrytisy dessert wine, almost syrupy in texture.