SJ Montigny – a traditional winery with nature-oriented viticulture and modern cellar technology combined to create wines which express great originality and Terroir diversity.
Our wines are as multifaceted as our vineyard sites: Bretzenheim, Bad Kreuznach, and Grebin.
Since 2009, our winery is at home here, where our life and work are interconnected. If you want to produce wine with heart and soul, then these two things belong together. Most of our vineyards are just a stone’s throw from our cellar.
We see each vineyard as an independent personality, which we treat with love and respect. We focus on the principles of a nature-oriented viticulture. For us, the health of the soil is an essential factor, most importantly, the sustainable formation of humus, because vital vines can only prosper in healthy soil.
A hundred years ago, the wines from the charming health and spa city on the Nahe enjoyed international renown. Bad Kreuznach is surrounded by blissful vineyards, some even reaching into the city center. Some have peculiar names such as the Narrenkappe (jester’s cap) or Krötenpfuhl (toad’s puddle).
With this prominent viticultural heritage, we want to grasp on to the glorious past and make wines that exhibit the class of Bad Kreuznacher Terroir.
Our most northern vineyards surround Hof Altmühlen in Schleswig-Holstein (northern Germany, about 100 km north of Hamburg). Protected by a neighboring forest, the vines prosper on a sun-kissed southward facing slope. Here, in 2009, Steffen James Montigny began trailblazing work: he was Germany’s first winemaker to cultivate wine professionally in Schleswig-Holstein. In 2011, the first white wine hit the market under the name “So Mookt Wi Dat” (regional dialect for “That’s how we do it”). The first red wine hit the market the following year.
By now, his pioneer work has been confirmed and appraised by professional reviews out of the wine scene. The wines have also gained popularity among oenophiles in the north. The first vintage from Grebin, with handwritten numbered bottles, has become a coveted rarity.