With a winery that was founded in 1648, the Guntrum family have been in the Rheinhessen for centuries. They have a history coloured with religious conflict, great business success, family ruin and the selling-off of some of the most prized parcels of vines in the area. The home of Guntrum wines was built by 8th generation, Louis Jean George in 1923 and is an impressive building nestled next to the Rhein River between the towns of Nierstein and Oppenheim. Today Louis Konstantin Guntrum, 11th generation, is the sole owner of the estate. When Louis Konstantin took over in 2003 he had a huge winery and no vines! However, over the past years has worked tirelessly to rebuild the family name and estate, slowly buying back vineyards and growing trade relationships.
Guntrum aim to blend the knowledge passed down by previous generations of winemakers with the advances in modern winemaking technology. Using mechanical equipment and advanced technology in oenology must always be done with care - it is about balance and ultimately producing great wines that reflect their region and varietal expression. Around 50% of the harvest is done mechanically and the rest by hand. Cultivated yeasts are used and all fermentation is done in stainless steel vats. No oak barrels are used so that the fruit character of the wines can be preserved.
Dirk Roth has been the winemaker at Louis Guntrum for the past decade, crafting wines that 'speak for themselves', adding to the continued growth of the winery and winning awards along the way. Louis Guntrum produce Riesling, Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder and Weissburgunder alongside some lesser known indigenous varieties. They now own approximately 11 hectares of vineyards.
At OWC we stock Louis Guntrum's Silvaner Trocken which shows an aromatic peachy nose and a tingling slate-like minerality. An excellent summer wine to be enjoyed chilled with light dishes, friends and picnics or crack it open at the beach with fresh cockles!