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Weingut Schlossmühlenhof

Location - Kettenheim, Rheinhessen

Winemaker - Nicolas Michel

Farming - Practicing Organic

Size - 20 Hectares

The Schloss Mühlenhof property is a large estate (nearly 20ha) spread across the slopes above Kettenheim, 3km south of Alzey. This size would seem reasonable, if not expected, considering the estate was started in 1846 and is now hosting the 6th generation.

It began as a rye and wheat mill until the 1920s, when the small vineyard attached became the focus for the family income. The vines of that era have been replaced over time but some on the property are still as old as 45yrs. Now in the hands of Gabriele, Nicolas and Walter Michel, the farm operates ‘organically’ but not by any legal standard. They follow what they call, ‘ecologically healthy’ farming practices, with the intent on capturing the pure expression of the Rheinhessen style.

In 2019 they decided to expand their range and experiment with a low intervention approach that lead to their ‘Boden Funk’ wines. ‘Boden Funk’ can be roughly translated as ‘sound waves’ and is meant to express that the terroir is being transmitted through the roots, into the vines and then finally the grapes. During harvest the Michel’s keep a close eye on the process as they stand back and allow extended skin contact time and extended lees time while the wine ages. The wine is left unfiltered and unfined, using only gravity as a clarifying measure with minimal SO2 added at bottling (10g/1000L).

Weingut Shlossmühlenhof
Wines in our Portfolio


"Boden Funk" Müller-Thurgau

  • Varietal: 100% Müller-Thurgau

  • Appellation: Deutscher Landwein

  • Soil Type: Mostly limestone 

  • Vine Age: 25 year-old vines

  • Harvest: hand-harvested and sorted in mid-September

  • Winemaking: left to macerate for 24hrs, followed by spontaneous fermentation lasting seven weeks. The wine spends five months on lees with stirring four times per month. Allowed to rest in stainless steel for five months before bottling. Unfiltered.

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"Boden Funk" Sauvignon Blanc

  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

  • Appellation: Deutscher Landwein

  • Soil Type: Mostly limestone 

  • Vine Age: 10-15 year-old vines

  • Harvest: hand-harvested and sorted in early September

  • Winemaking: macerated for 36 hours with spontaneous fermentation lasting three weeks under temperature control in stainless steel. Aged for five months in stainless steel before bottling. Unfiltered.

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"Das ist schön"

  • Varietal: 50% Scheurebe, 40% Müller-Thurgau, 10% Gelber Muskateller

  • Appellation: Landwein Rhein

  • Soil Type: Mostly limestone 

  • Vine Age: 23 year-old vines

  • Harvest: hand-harvested and sorted in early october

  • Winemaking: de-stemmed and allowed to macerate for 14 days. Spontaneous fermentation lasts for eight weeks with temperature control and spends around 20 weeks on the lees, with stirring once a week. Unfiltered.

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