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Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe

New German Wines in Holland

09.12.2012

The wines of Gut Hermannsberg, the most tradition-steeped winery in the Nahe region (Germany), are now available in Holland. Gut Hermannsberg is one of only a few wineries in Germany which cultivate exclusively Erste Lagen (grands crus) sites.

The importer is Wijnkoperij Okhuysen (Haarlem). Managing Director Xaiver Kat discovered the wines: “Apart from the excellent Rieslings of the winery, we have been fascinated by the philosophy and goals of the young enthusiastic team around Managing Director Oliver Müller and Operations Manager Karsten Peter.”

Gut Hermannsberg mit Blick Weingut ©Klaus Müller
Views on the Estate of Gut Hermannsberg in Niederhausen, Nahe © Klaus Müller

A winery with high potential

Gut Hermannsberg was originally called Gutsverwaltung Niederhausen-Schloßböckelheim and was founded in 1902 as a royal Prussian wine-growing estate and model winery on an impressive slope in a picturesque location overlooking the river Nahe. Towards the end of the last century the estate was privatised. Last year Jens Reidel, one of the German private equity pioneers, discovered the winery and its potential.

The historic estate with around 30 hectares of vineyards – all classified by Verein Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) as Erste Lagen (premiers crus) – has since been run by the young committed quality fanatics, Managing Director Oliver Müller and Operations Manager Karsten Peter. Together they decided to adopt a new name: Gut Hermannsberg. The name is derived from Hermannsberg, one of the best sites of the estate and, in addition, in its sole possession.

Gut Hermannsberg Jens Reidel Christine Dinse Karsten Peter ©Kerstin Bänsch
Gut Hermannsberg owner Jens Reidel and Christine Dinse together with cellarmaster Karsten Peter © Kerstin Bänsch

The “new” wines from Gut Hermannsberg – filigree, mineral Rieslings of the vintage 2010, with a lot of tension and character, light-footed and nonetheless serious – attract already the attention of the experts in Germany.

Now they are also available in Holland.

Gut Hermannsberg Wein Schlossböckelheimer ©Gut Hermannsberg
Gut Hermannsberg Wein Niederhäuser 2010 ©Gut Hermannsberg

Nahe – a wine-growing region to discover

With around 4,000 hectares of vineyards, the Nahe region is one of the smaller wine-growing areas in Germany. However, with its diverse geological soils and its very special climate, it is certainly one of the most interesting Riesling appellations in the world. The sites of Gut Hermannsberg reflect the geological developments of millions of years; every wine has very individual characteristics.

The famous site "Traiser Bastei" is known for some of the best Rieslings of the whole country. © Klaus Müller

Wines from Gut Hermannsberg on the Dutch market

2009 Riesling dry €11.90
A fine, aristocratic Riesling with a lot of fruit

2009 Niederhäuser Riesling dry €16.90
Elegant wine with fine acidity

2009 Bastei Riesling dry €32.70
Full-bodied and mineral, from the warmest site of the estate

2009 Hermannsberg Grosses Gewächs Riesling dry €36.70
Very dense and complex Riesling with a high potential

2009 Kupfergrube Grosses Gewächs Riesling dry €36.70
Racy wine very precise fruit aromatics, needs time

Information on sourcing

Wijnkoperij Okhuysen
Küppersweg 19-23
NL – 2031 EA Haarlem

Tel: 023-5312240
E-Mail: vineus@okhuysen.nl
Web: www.okhuysen.nl

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