GUT HERMANNSBERG – TERROIR EXPRESSIVE WINES
Our greatest treasures are our vineyards. It’s therefore particularly important that we, with both respect and sensitivity, bring them to the point where their original character expresses itself in the wine that grows there...
Our greatest treasures are our vineyards. It’s therefore particularly important that we, with both respect and sensitivity, bring them to the point where their original character expresses itself in the wine that grows there.
“In this process we are listeners and only then are we helpers. Riesling is the perfect instrument for that,” says Karsten Peter, the winemaker of Gut Hermannsberg. Today the wine estate of the Reidel family is well known and well liked for dry wines that are powerful and mineral. Riesling dominates in the estate’s vineyards, and you can taste in them how much work with the soil was necessary for their production. Back in 1902 the Prussian state founded the Royal Prussian Wine Domain Niederhausen-Schlossböckelheim and created the core vineyards, planting the first vines the following year. In 2009 the Reidel family took over the estate and, together with director Karsten Peter, they have taken it back to the pinnacle of the wine scene.
The over 100 year old estate has 30 hectares of vineyards, all of which are classified by the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) as GROSSE LAGE/“Grand Cru”. The grapes from them are picked exclusively by hand. Punctually for the 10th anniversary the estate is launching a single vineyard sparkling wine, the 2013 Kupfergrube Sekt from their world-famous site. After five years on the lees it marries the minerality, precision and finesse of the Kupfergrube with the quality of great Champagne or sparkling Sekt. “The Kupfergurbe Sekt is bone dry, because we added no dosage, and the terroir expression is great,”says Karsten Peter. Not without reason one also gets to taste the new VDP Gutswein “7 Terroirs”. This cuvee of the estates 7 classic VDP GROSSEN LAGEN/”Grand Cru” is pure, mineral, powerful and elegant.
The unique ensemble is also recommended as a location for wine experiences, as the starting point for hiking and cycle tours through the surrounding vineyards, as an oasis of calm, also for meetings, seminars or large family celebrations. The guesthouse offers high-class suites and lovingly decorated rooms with stunning views of the Nahe Valley. Houseguests and visitors can also take delight in the gastronomic program. With Florian Müller the house has won over an excellent chef who takes guests on seasonal culinary journeys on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also a selection of smaller dishes on offer at lunchtime.