Rainer Schnaitmann is THE pioneer of the Württemberg region in the southern part of Germany, close to Stuttgart. He started out as a young man with the vision to produce top class quality rather than quantity. After training in the local Rems Valley and studies at the world renowned University of Geisenheim, he interned in New Zealand and South Tyrol. On his return, and shortly after taking over the running of his family winery, Rainer brought attention to the entire, previously pretty much ignored region
The very first vintage was cited in 'Gault Millau' wine guide and the Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) from the Lämmler received the first of its many subsequent awards. The young estate sold out each vintage quickly and began growing, either through purchase or lease and in many cases involving vineyards held by relatives. Nowadays Rainer and his dedicated team farm 26 hectares of finest vineyard land. Every vine is meticulously tended by hand and treated with great care and respect. Organic viticulture, as well as sustainable farming are ingrained into the Schnaitmann philosophy, with the next generation already planning to make wine, at least as as good as their dad's when they are grown up!
Simonroth is a trademarked name that was introduced with Rainer's first vintage, 1997, which only the fines wines of the estate may carry. Grapes come from 'Este Lagen' and 'Grosse Lagen' - the German equivalent to Premier and Grands Cru sites.
This Simonroth Lemberger presents itself with alluring perfume of black cherry, plum, violets as well as bayleaf, baking spice and black pepper. It's a pure and elegant wine, with rounded, juicy tannins and a purity that hits the palate in form of sourcherry and refreshing cranberry. An impressive allrounder - we love this wine!