The Dönnhoff family has been making wine in the small village of Oberhausen, Nahe, for over 200 years. Family documents record the early flowering of 1781 and the bumper grape harvest of 1784. This steep and rural valley, rich in volcanic and slate soils, is the source of many of Germany’s purest and most profound rieslings. Dönnhoff is considered one of the best producers, with wines celebrated for their purity and focused expression of terroir.
The estate’s highly coveted, fashionable rieslings first found fame with Helmut Dönnhoff, one of Germany’s wine legends. Today, Helmut is assisted by his son, Cornelius. Their 20 hectares of vineyard holdings encompass 10 prestigious sites. 80 percent are planted in riesling, the remainder in pinot blanc and pinot gris.
Rich with complex and intense mineral overtones, all the Dönnhoff wines show elegantly defined structure and flawless harmony, with a signature weightlessness. They are delicious when young but have the potential to improve further for up to 10 years, with the top wines capable of ageing even longer.