Rainer Schnaitmann has been producing wines since 1997 under his own label. His influences stem from strong training at the renowned Geisenheim school, and vineyard work in New Zealand and Alto Adige - and what a marvel he’s made of the Lemberger (Blaufränkisch)! He’s based in the village of Fellbach, in the lesser known wine region of Württemberg near the major industrial city of Stuttgart.
The ‘Steinwiege’ wines exhibit their terroir and grape variety, with great definition and purity. His most famous vineyard is the Fellbacher Lämmler, the top wines are designated ‘Fellbacher Lämmler’, where almond trees were formerly planted. His winemaking is fully biological, although Rainer hasn’t shown an interest in organic certification.
What to drink with... green salad.
Gone are the days when a Green Salad meant a few leaves of round lettuce. Then came Cos or Romaine, Raddiccio, Endive, and Fennel. Now we have young leaves of spinach, watercress and rocket to add a little spiciness. So which wine? With a vinaigrette, try our special Sicilian Tenuta di Fessina A’Puddara Etna Bianco made from the local Carricante grape or its neighbour Tannu Bianco: a blend of Chardonnay or Grillo. A creamy dressing will stand up to our Les Fleurs de Montblanc Chardonnay from the Languedoc-Roussillon or one of our rosés. If the salad is a mere accompaniment to the main dish, then go with the most intense flavour: steak and salad, pick a red.