Weingut Bastian Beny is a small, biodynamic winery located in the Rheinhessen region of Germany. Spearheaded by Bastian and Gianna Beny, this dynamic young duo took over the family winery in 2020, and immediately began regenerating its soils through holistic preparations and allowing sheep to roam freely around the holdings. As of 2023, the winery is officially organic and Demeter certified. All seven hectares of vines are managed with cover crops and fertilized with organic matter. The estate’s vineyards are planted to Germany’s signature varieties, including Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Muller-Thurgau, and Dornfelder, as well as Chardonnay, Kerner, and more.
In the cellar, all ferments take place with ambient yeasts in small vessels, and all wines undergo long sur-lie aging (10+ months) prior to release. No fining or filtration is implemented, and minimal SO2 (0-30 ppm) is the only sulfur added right before bottling. As the pair says, “our wines are lively and often a bit cloudy—and always joyful!” Bastian and Gianna believe that above all, great wine is first made in the vineyard, and that in addition to low-intervention vinification practices, organic and biodynamic viticulture is crucial.
At Weingut Bastian Beny, Bastian and Gianna are currently producing three cuvées: one white and two sparklings. The first pét-nat is made from a blend of Dornfelder and Portugieser, and finishes fermenting in bottle. The Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Pinot Blanc and ages for 10 months in barrel prior to 18 months sur-lie in bottle. Lastly, the Cuvée Weiss is made from a blend of Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc, aged 50% in tank and 50% in barrel (all sur-lie) for 10 months. Weingut Bastian Beny’s wines are joyful, natural, and marked by as much personality as the dynamic hands that make them.