Domaine Viticole Schumacher-Knepper is a family-owned winery Different documents prove winemaking in the winery since 1714. The estate is now owned in 10th generation by Frank Schumacher and his sister Martine. The Domaine is a so-called independent winery where production, sales and distribution are assumed by the winery itself. Schumacher-Knepper produces all the Luxemburgish traditional grape varieties like Elbling, Rivaner, Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer for white wines and Pinot Noir, Saint Laurent, Merlot and Pinotage for red wine.
The vineyards and winemaking
The 10 ha of vineyards owned by the family are all situated in the Wintrange Felsberg. The statue represented as logo and on the labels shows the Saint Donatus. The saint is supposed to protect vineyards against hail and frost. The monument was built by local citizens at the beginning of the last century.Harvest begins normally at the end of September and is traditionally made by hand. The manual harvest guaranties an optimal and controlled harvest of healthy grapes. The winery works in harmony with the environment and the terroir. The Wintrange Felsberg, where the winery is situated, is one of the best-known Riesling sites in Luxemburg. It's situated in the south of the Moselle Valley and its slopes are facing south and south-east. Riesling is the variety that grows perfectly in this area. Vinification is a traditional Luxemburgish vinification: manual and selected harvest, partial maceration to concentrate flavor, pneumatic and controlled pressing, thermoregulated fermentation at 16°Celsius, vinification in stainless steel tanks, filling into bottle after a minimum of 8 months. Red wines are matured for 10 months in Luxemburgish oak barrels. Luxembourg is well known for its production of white wines, but with climate changes the rosé and red wine production becomes more and more famous. One of the first grapes used to make red or rosé wine in Luxembourg was Pinot Noir. The winery planted recently Saint Laurent, Merlot and Pinotage to give more and more complexity to his red wine cuvee Lyra. It is called Lyra because the vines are cultivated like the form of a harp. This culture guaranties a better sun exposure and aeration and thus more mature grapes. Apart from still wines, the winery also produces a sparkling wine, Crémant de Luxembourg, which is called Crémant Alexandre de Musset. Alexandre was the owner of Wintrange Castle built in 1610. The castle is situated opposite the road and is known as a favorite site for international film making.
Schumacher-Knepper wines have been winning national and international awards at various wine competitions like Best of Riesling (Germany), Femmes et Vins du Monde (Monaco), AWC Vienna (Austria), Concours Mondial Bruxelles (Belgium), Mundus Vini (Germany), Concours des Crémants de France et du Luxembourg (France), Riesling du Monde (France), Mondial du Pinot Noir (Switzerland) or Monde Sélection (Belgium).
The tasting room
Domaine Viticole Schumacher-Knepper has opened in 2010 a modern, warm and welcoming place to taste and purchase the whole range of their wines. The tasting room is open all year round.
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 9 to 12 a.m. and 2 – 5.30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 0.30 p.m.