The Sekthaus Solter is considered the most prestigious sparkling winemaker in the Rheingau. In a stately courtyard, where Johannes Brahms spent many weeks on his summer holidays, amazing sparkling wine was composed, formerly by Helmut Solter, and now by his wife and an all-women team.
Over 20 years ago, Solter came from Baden in the Rheingau, where he made himself independent with a small sparkling wine winery which today produces 450.000 bottles a year according the classic méthode champagnoise – most of which are commissioned by renowned wineries, and about 70.000 of which are for the Solter Winery’s own stock. Its sparkling wines come from its own vineyards in the Rheingau.
The Sekthaus has ten hectares of its own vineyards in the Rheingau and on the opposite side of the Rhine River. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines come foremost from Rheinhessen. A specialty is the sparkling wine that is left on the lees for an especially long time and then only disgorged and corked when they are to be sold to customers. Another focus of the sparking wine producer is the high-quality “Lohnversektung” — about 70 companies have Solter produce their champagne, all of them in the traditional bottle fermentation. Nearly 500.000 bottles slowly mature in Solter’s cellar, more than 7.000 are gently shaken by hand every day, and another 4.000 by specially-designed machines from the Champagne region of France.