The Dönnhoff family has lived and farmed in Germany’s Nahe region for over 250 years. Their standing as one of Germany’s premier wine producers began with the estate’s founder, Hermann Dönnhoff (1880-1953), who planted Riesling vines in prized locations, and by the 1920s was bottling and selling the finest of them by their individual vineyard names. His son, Hermann Jr. (1916-1991), developed their famous Oberhäuser Brücke site by constructing the press house and first cellar space. Hermann Jr.’s son, Helmut, paved the way for international success by establishing an enduring quality and style in his wines. His vintages would become a byword for renowned German Rieslings around the world. Following his training at his parents’ estate and university studies in winegrowing, he assumed responsibility for both vineyard and cellar starting in 1971. The fourth generation now holds the reins: Cornelius Dönnhoff. He began his training in 1999 and after a series of positions abroad, returned to assume responsibility for the estate in 2007.
History continues, but the estate remains what it has always been: a family affair in every sense.