The winery is located in the municipality Johannisberg (District of Geisenheim ) in the German growing area Rheingau, Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) had this in 1806 during his campaign against Prussia Johannisberg Castle brought into his possession and handed over to his Marshal François-Étienne-Christophe Kellermann (1735-1820), the Duke of Valmy, for administration. But from 1808 to 1810 there were three unsuccessful wine harvests. In 1811, the enterprising wine merchant Gottlieb Mumm (1782-1852) from the famous Frankfurt banking and trading family PA Mumm offered to purchase the entire next wine harvest from Schloss Johannisberg even before the harvest. The marshal was happy about the supposed gambler, because the offered 32,000 guilders were good money for a bad harvest again.
But Gottlieb Mumm had the unlikely luck of the brave. The legendary as 1811er designated year went as comet vintages into the wine history. Gottlieb Mumm invested the profit from 60,000 liters of this Century wine in the purchase of exclusive vineyard sites in Johannisberg and thus laid the basis for today's winery. By the way, Gottlieb Mumm also founded the famous champagne house in 1827 spunk in Reims. However, this company has not belonged to the family since the confiscation by France after the First World War (1914-1918).
In 1873 the Mumm family was raised to the nobility and has since used the original title Mumm von Schwarzenstein. An artificial castle ruin was built as a family headquarters above Johannisberg. The castle was to serve both as a summer house and as a family home for the Mumm family. Schwarzenstein Castle has belonged to a businessman from Mainz since 2004. After a complete renovation of the castle in 2005, three restaurants and one hotel are housed there.
Christian Witte is the manager of the winery, Gerd Ritter is responsible as cellar master. The vineyards cover 65 hectares of vineyards in 16 individual layers. Of these, 20 hectares are in First crop classified locations. The most important are Mount Rottland and Schlossberg mountain (Rudesheim) Frankenthal, Hinterkirch and Höllenberg ( Assmannshausen ), Hansenberg, hell. Klaus. means hell privately owned and Vogelsang (Johannisberg), as well Hasensprung and Jesuitengarten (Angle). Above all, it will Riesling, as well as small amounts of Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) and Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) grown. The winery has been a member of the since 2012 VDP,