>Axel Schmitt is an organic vintner in Ober-Hilbersheim, a mere hop, step and a jump from Mainz.
He’s taken over the vineyard from his Dad, Berthold – shown here, doing the honours on Saturday – and it’s been going on like that since 1672.
Every 2 years, they open the gates of their vineyard for a 3 day Summer Festival in August.
Wine tasting, art exhibition, live music, good good (organically grown, of course and some of it from their own garden) and their own wines.
Place was packed on Saturday and you meet the most interesting people – a couple who transcribe classical music for a living (he) and play classic concerts and teach (she), for example. And can STILL talk about Dylan with enthusiasm.
And Ulla Nelles from the vernissage on Friday .
But the wine was definitely better on Saturday…