Hattenheimer Schützenhaus
West of the village, directly above the Pfaffenberg site, Schützenhaus faces south-southwest and rises in altitude from 100 meters/328 feet above sea level (slightly sloping) to about 150 meters/492 feet. The site is relatively long and slopes toward the west, thereby protecting it (in German, "sch�tzen") from cold easterly winds. The name probably derives from a vineyard hut ("Haus") that afforded the vineyard "keepers" who watched over the vineyards prior to the harvest a shelter during inclement weather. The vineyard "guards" used blank cartridge pistols to ward off starlings from munching on the tasty sweet grapes. The soils in the meadows closer to the Rhine consist partly of deep loess and loess-loam, and partly of Tertiary marl mixtures. Because they are deep, they are able to store considerable water reserves - especially valuable in dry years to ensure the vines' water and nutrient supplies, and crucial to producing wines with high extract values.

Category: Classified vineyard
Total size of vineyard: 52,1 ha (128.7 acres)
Surface owned by Balthasar Ress:   5,6 ha (13.8 acres)
Grape variety:   Riesling
Exposure / Slope:   south to southwest, 2-10%
Soil:   The site is relatively long and slopes toward the west, thereby protecting it from cold easterly winds. Because the soils are deep, they are able to store considerable water reserves.




Next event
30. September 2017
Weinlese der Rebstockpächter im Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg 2017
Exklusives Event - Sie wollen bei der Herstellung "Ihres" Weines entscheidend mitwirken? Wir laden Sie hiermit zur Weinlese in "Ihrem" Weinberg am 30.09.2017 ein!

03. October 2017
NATUR PUR 2017 in der Hattenheimer Flur
Der traditionelle "Wein- und Schlemmerpfad" durch die Weinberge vom Pfaffenberg zum Steinberg findet auch in diesem Jahr wieder zum Tag der deutschen Einheit, am 3. Oktober, von 11.00 bis 18.00 Uhr statt.

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Latest media mentions
14. September 2017
Huffingtonpost.de - Die Grossen Gewächse des VDP
Vergleich zweier großer Weine aus der gleichen Lage - Weingut Barth Grosses Gewächs 2016 Wisselbrunnen und Weingut Balthasar Ress Grosses Gewächs 2016 Wisselbrunnen

30. August 2017
meininger.de - Jahrgang ohne Verlierer (Ausgabe 04/2017)
"Exakt 620 Große Gewächse, also trockene Weine aus VDP.Großen Lagen, kommen im September offiziell auf den Markt. Gut zwei Drittel davon standen von 20. bis 22. August in Wiesbaden zur Verkostung bereit."

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Latest news
01. August 2017
News August 2017
As always, the times for wine-growers are exciting and this year is no exception.

06. March 2017
News March 2017
The new year has started on a splendid note for us. The renowned German-based wine guide "Wein-Plus" has added us to its select circle of “three-star” wine estates.

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