||In 1811, the Frankfurter banker and wine merchant, Gottlieb Mumm, purchased the entire grape harvest of Domain Schloss Johannisberg from the former proprietor Napoleon Bonaparte. The wine hadnít even been harvested at the time of purchase: therefore, it was a risky deal for Gottlieb Mumm.
As it turned out, the decision was the best in his life: the 1811 vintage went down in history as an outstanding vintage Ė one of the best of the century. From his initial investment of 32,000 Gulden, Gottlieb Mumm later sold the wine for 250,000 Gulden. The profits were reinvested into Johannisberg to buy vineyards. Thereby, he laid the foundation for one of the most distinguished wineries in Rheingau. In 1827, the Mumm family established a new branch of the famous champagne company in Reims, the Champagne region of France, which is known today worldwide as G.H. Mumm. In 1876, the Mumm family was ennobled and received the baronial rank.
Today, 65 hectares of vineyards are managed by the G.H. von Mumm wine estate in a prime location of the Rheingau region: in Ruedesheim, Geisenheim, Assmannshausen and, of course, Johannisberg Ė known worldwide as the birthplace of Riesling. Approximately 83 % Riesling, 12 % Spaetburgunder (Pinot Noir), and 5% of different grape varieties, such as Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), are cultivated. The Mumm Riesling belongs to the most prominent vines of the Rheingau. The fine fruit typical to this grapevine exudes the minerals in the rich soil and is characterized by the distinctive sweet-sour combination of this noble grape variety. The Spaetburgunder wines are delicate, rich and full-bodied.