Weingut Messmer - Boutinot

Meet the Producer

Weingut Messmer, in the Pfalz region, was founded by Herbert and Elizabeth Messmer in 1960. It’s situated in Burrweiler, in the south-west of Germany, less than 50 miles from the border with France and to the north-west of Stuttgart. The yellow sandstone buildings had already been home to winemaking for around 250 years before they arrived. Today their son Martin Meßmer and winemaker, Jonas Bosch, are responsible for the wines. The vineyards cover 30 hectares, with around two thirds of the area planted with white varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc and the rest with red varieties, including Pinot Noir.

The terroir is made up of seven different soil types: slate, red sandstone, granite, limestone, loam, sand and ‘muschelkalk’ - a calcareous soil with substantial deposits of fossilised mussel shells. In the winery fermentations are cool, slow and small batch; grapes are only ever partially de-stemmed; and wines are bottled without fining and with only the gentlest filtration.

A Note on Sustainability

In 2011 they began organic cultivation, and all of the Weingut Meßmer estate wines from 2020 are certified organic and the Made in Pfalz range to follow. In 2023 they started to use biodynamic means to strengthen the vines.

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