Hermann Donnhoff, one of Germany’s top Riesling producers, is located in the commune of Oberhauser in Nahe.
Hermann Donnhoff, one of Germany’s top Riesling producers, is located in the commune of Oberhauser in Nahe. The family has been producing wines for more than 200 years. Helmut Donnhoff started his first vintage in 1971 at the age of 22, with 4 hectares of vines, and has grown the estate into a 25-hectare winery today. One of Germany’s most celebrated wine producers, Helmut is without doubt considered a living legend. “Most people in wine today make it for business. I make it for me, myself”, he said. Donnhoff’s vineyards are planted with 80% Riesling, 20% Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, with vines of 15 to 60 years old. Niederhauser Hermannshohle is their most famous vineyard, a site rich in slate and volcanic rock, and wines produced are the equivalence of a Grand Cru. Another famous vineyard is Oberhauser Brucke, also dominated by grey slate, but are more well known for their Riesling Spatlese and Einswein. Other vineyards include Norheim Kirschheck, Norheim Dellchen, Schlossbockelheim Felsenberg and Schlossbockelheim Kupfergrube.