The history of Gut Hermannsberg began more than a century ago when it was a Royal Prussian Domaine. Today the estate is directed by the Reidel family together with winemaker Karsten Peter and managing director Achim Kirchner.
Although there have been vineyards on the Nahe since the late Roman period the estate was founded in 1902 as a Royal Prussian Domaine. It had the task of making world-class white wines and thereby serving as an example to the winemakers of the region.
SCRUB, ROCKS AND A COPPER MINE
We didn’t inherit our vineyards like a set of antique furniture. Instead, two thirds of our vineyards were created from land that was previously only scrub, rocks and an abandoned copper mine. To this day they remain works of civil engineering as daring as the Eifel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge.
BREAKTHROUGH WITH THE VINTAGE OF THE CENTURY 1921
Our first harvest was in 1907, but it was with the nobly sweet wines of the great 1921 vintage that the estate achieved its breakthrough. From 1949 the dynamic duo of estate director Hermann Goedecke and winemaker Karl-Heinz Sattelmeyer made the estate’s wines world famous.
SINCE 2009 A STRONG TEAM AGAIN
In 1998 the estate was privatized by the state of Rheinland-Pfalz and in 2009 the Reidel family purchased it. They appointed Karsten Peter winemaker, then Philipp Wolf vineyard manager. In 2010 the former Nahe State Domaine was renamed Gut Hermannsberg. The cellar was modernized and the estate buildings were renovated. A new definition of quality and a new working philosophy built upon it were introduced.
A GREAT TRADITION REINVENTED
Our philosophy is a new interpretation of the great tradition of Gut Hermannsberg, focussed on dry whites instead of the sweet masterpieces of the past. The international critics are seriously impressed and Gut Hermannsberg once again belongs to the first league of German Riesling producers.