The Binz family can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century with their vineyards in Nackenheim. Eberhard and Peter Binz built up the estate at that time, followed by Simon Binz, who unfortunately died at an early age, and the estate was inherited by Manfred Binz in 1959. A new house and premises were built in 1960 at the foot of the Rothenberg slope, incorporating a 200-year-old cellars, set into the red sandstone hillside. The buildings and cellars were enlarged in 1976. Today, the sons Rainer and Manfred jr, who have both experienced extensive viticultural training, manage the estate; Rainer being responsible for the vineyards, Manfred for the winemaking. Although Nackenheim is one of the smallest wine-producing villages in Rheinhessen, it has an excellent reputation for its wines and is proud of its historical background. It was here that the author Carl Zuckmayer was born. He devoted his play “der fröhliche Weinberg” (the merry vineyard) to the village. Nackenheim is situated on the Rhine, neighboring to Nierstein. Both the Nackenheimer Rothenberg and Engelsberg as well as the Niersteiner Hipping are highly rated with their red sandstone soil, ideal for Riesling. The Schmitts-Kapellchen sites consist of sandy loam soils, ideal for the other whites and red varietals. Manfred and Rainer concentrate mainly on producing dry wines, although some fruity-style Spätlese is produced.
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