About Schloss Johannisberg
Looking down on the Rhine over gently-sloping vineyards, all planted with Riesling grapes, Schloss Johannisberg has been making wine for centuries on a site that has been growing grapes for 1,200 years. The delicate, slightly perfumed Riesling grape lends itself to a range of styles including, in this case, a delicious dry sparkling wine made in the traditional way with a second fermentation in the bottle. Prince Metternich owned the domain after the end of the Napoleonic Wars and this wine is named for him.
Why we love this wine
We bought a bottle of this lovely stuff when we visited Schloss Johannisberg and loved it. It makes a delicious alternative to Champagne. It ticks all the boxes on the drinking front but it also competes with Champagne in other ways:
- Heritage. The French have tradition but this wine has history. They were making wine here hundreds of years Dom Perignon thought of making bubbly wine.
- Exclusivity. They made just 8,000 individually-numbered bottles of the 2014 vintage. In contrast, Moet & Chandon make about 26 million bottles a year. If Champagne is so exclusive, how come it never seems to run out?
- Bling. The most prestigious French sparkling wine now comes in packaging that would make Steve Jobs blush. But this Sekt comes in a gorgeously tacky gold bottle. It’s absolutely fabulous, darling.
- Vintage quality. A vintage Champagne can cost £50-£150+ a bottle. This is also a vintage sparkling wine (2014, in fact) but for a much more reasonable price.
Why you’ll love this wine
It’s perfect as an aperitif, for a celebration, a party or just a romantic evening with someone you love. If you’re fed up with overpaying for mediocre, non-vintage Champagne, give this a try.
Find out more about Schloss Johannisberg, Riesling and sparkling wine
Read our article about how Champagne and sparkling wine get their sparkle to understand how traditional method (used here) differs from the mass production tank method used in much Prosecco and most German Sekt sparkling wine. Take a look too at our articles on Riesling, the Rheingau region and our visit to Schloss Johannisberg.