Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Grosses Gewächs
Vineyard: Niederhauser Hermannshöhle
Soil Type: Argillaceous slate with limestone veins and volcanic elements
Slope: 40 – 60%
Age of Vines: Up to 65 years
Classification: VDP. GROSSE LAGE
Wine-making: Fermented and matured in a mixture of stainless steel vats and neutral 10+-year-old 1200L German stückfass from Hösch.
For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been revered as the Nahe‘s top-ranked site and the benchmark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. It takes its name from a small mine, or “Höhle”, in the middle of the hillside. “Hermann” is derived from Hermes, the Roman god of messengers and travelers, and the name likely hints at an ancient place of worship once located here. This site faces due south and lies 130 –175 m above sea level. Its soils are primarily blackish gray slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry, and limestone. For generations, this marvelous site has shaped our expectations for what fine wines from the Nahe can achieve.
A perfect, steep southern slope with soils consisting of blackish-grey slate and volcanic elements, extremely rich in minerals. The stuff of legends, for over 100 years this has been the most lauded site in the
entire Nahe wine-growing region.