The Winery My Freedom [Weingut Meine Freiheit] has emerged from an idea to produce own wines on own soil according to own ideas. There was no existence of tradition to be built on it, the freedom to go new ways of grape varieties, vineyards and philosophy was and is a pillar of the enterprise. And so, since 2010, we have acquired a colorful stock of land from around 40 families in the Rheingau, mostly from heirs of land parcels. We would like to thank all of our former owners for the opportunity to realize our dream of the Winery My Freedom.
This resulted in a patchwork carpet with more than 60 parcels in various layers. Our home is Hallgarten, a part of Oestrich-Winkel, a bit off the heights at 199 m above sea level and it is located in the center of the Rheingau, on the B 42 as well as on the railway line, a place of peace and serenity. This is what draws about 2000 inhabitants of Hallgarten, they go their way and are proud to be Hallgarteners. More information about Hallgarten can be found HERE. Starting from Hallgarten, the surfaces were supplemented by deeper lying locations in Oestrich (Doosberg) and Mittelheim.
In order to be able to cultivate the essence of the grapes, like the lateburgunder, we have acquired land in Assmannshausen in the world-famous position of Assmannshäuser Höllenberg and we continue to grow grapes of the varieties, such as Red Riesling, yellow Orleans and ‘Gewürztraminer’, which follow the Rheinschleife. All vineyards are located in steep slopes and they can be managed mechanically only with special equipment (caterpillar). For the love of the product and the knowledge that people have done more sensitively in the vineyard than machines, we have devoted ourselves to manual labor. We are happy to work with our team in the changing seasons. For the wine to be good, it should also be good for people. So, the product ‘wine’ can unfold its full effect.
You are looking for a tour of the vineyards in the cultivated landscape of the Rheingau? Then do not hesitate to contact us, we will gladly arrange a guided tour to the areas with grapes and wine disgustation in order to taste the difference and to experience the landscape.
The largest part of our vineyards is on Loessboden, which characterizes the characteristics of our wines: powerful, fruity, aromatic with great fullness!
The bright, fine-grained sediment is usually hidden from view in the subsoil. Loess consists predominantly of quartz, feldspar, mica, various clay minerals and above all lime. Iron oxides color yellowish-brown. The wine is exposed to high solar radiation in the south-exposed locations. The loose substrate makes it easy for the wine to drift roots into the depths to open up water and nutrients. The unusually fertile loess soil supplies the wine with all necessary elements in excess.
So it is not surprising if the lavish fullness is reflected directly in the wine: it comes as a powerful, rich, ripe wine, which has much to give. It impresses with a harmony of pronounced aromas and abundance, it is extremely juicy with a wide range of different fruit aromas. It has a taste of peach and tropical fruits. Characteristically, a fine herb is found in loess wines. Balanced is the complex game of sweetness with balanced acid, rich body and a pleasant softness. On these soils, we cultivate the grapes from which later the wines of our brands “Papa”, a dry Riesling, the fine Riesling and our sparkling wine emerges.
Quartzite and shale
e.g. Lorch and ‘Assmanshäuser Höllenberg’
Quartzite and shale substitute make this soil a special variant of the quartzite terroir. Between the layers of the Taunusquarzit often deposits of clay piles occur. The clay slate weathered under the damp-warm climate of the Tertiary into reddish, very clay like fines. Quartzite blocks and clayey weathering residues the foundation at this site. The gray-brown upper soil contains loess clay. The lowly, very rocky soil can only store a small amount of water. Moreover, the dense, clayey substrate is difficult to digest.
The wine is strongly demanded at this location. It is very well heatable, because the incidence on the slope is high and the small water supplies are quickly exhausted. The wine reacts by reducing the number and size of the berries. At a low yield level, grapes are rich in aromas, where they are produced at this location. On these soils in the well-known steep slopes of Lorch and Assmannshausen in the world-famous location “Assmannhäuser Höllenberg” we grow the grapes, from which after an intensive Handlese later the lateburgunder “Assmannshäuser Höllenberg” emerges.
Serizitgneis is only found in the Rheingau. Due to increased precipitation and cooler temperatures, this site is quite fresh. At Hallgarten a light greenish-gray, fine-sloping to flat rock occurs on the surface. There are remains of ancient volcanoes. Although the substratum is quite dense, the roots are still rich in the acidic weathering material of the sericite, which contains abundant iron and manganese but little mineral matter. The maturing possibilities of the site are good if the nutrient supply is supported. On these soils, we cultivate the grapes, from which later the wines of our brands “Mama”, a fruit sweet Riesling and our favorite wine, the Red Riesling emerges.