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The Winemaker

In 2009 Axel May – that's me – became the 11th generation of our family to assume responsibility for wine­growing. Following apprentice­ships at renowned estates, a degree in viticulture from Geisen­heim and intern­ships in both California and New Zealand, I am proud now to be leading my family's estate into the future.

Axel and Katharina May with Pinot
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The Location

Weingut Stein­mühle is located in Ost­hofen, in the Wonne­gau region of southern Rhein­hessen.

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The Land

Area under vine 15 ha 75.000 vines

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The Vine­yards

Kloster­berg Ost­hofen Gold­berg Ost­hofen Auf dem Schnapp Ost­hofen Lecker­berg Dittels­heim

Osthofen in Rheinhessen
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The Climate

Positioned in one of Germany's most sun-rich and rain-poor regions, Ost­hofen enjoys fantastic climatic conditions for growing grapes. The region sits in the leeward shelter of the Hunsrück, Taunus, Oden­wald and northern Palatinate high­lands, fostering a warm, dry climate with warm winters. We typically see just 500 mm of annual precipitation to go with 1.600 hours of sun.

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The Soils

Loess Aeolian sediment from chalky Ice Age dust Clay Tertiary river sedi­ment from the original Rhine river­bed Clayish marl/lime­stone Lime­stone-rich clay deposits from the Tertiary Sea

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The Wines

Gutsweine Entry-level estate wines shaped by their terroir; the foundation of our quality pyramid Orts­weine Wines from our best vine­yards in the Ost­hofen district Lagen­weine Single site wines from within our best vine­yards

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