Dr. Hermann, the Riesling estate in Mosel Valley, Germany, is helmed by Christian Hermann. Christian’s philosophy is that quality starts in the vineyard with restrained pruning, hand harvesting, and natural, meticulous cultivation of vineyard soil. The result is beautiful, elegant wines from some of the most famous vineyard sites in the world. Hermann specializes in Riesling grown on the steep, rocky slopes of the famous vineyards of Erdener Prälat, Erdener Treppchen, and Ürziger Würzgarten. All of the fruit for Dr. Hermann Riesling grows on un-grafted, old vines, which deliver beautiful and complex wines.
Region: Mosel Valley, Germany
Year Founded: Over 400 years of history. Helmed by Christian Hermann since 2001.
Proprietors: Christian Hermann
Winemaker: Christian Hermann
Size of property: 6.5 hectares (16 acres)
Amount of Property Planted: 6.5 ha (16 acres)
Terroir: Ürziger Würzgarten: very red sandstone and slate soils produce wines with exotic, spicy aromas, tropical fruit flavors, and a mesmerizing earthiness. Erdener Treppchen: Across the Mosel river from the small town of Erden, this vineyards is known for its very steep slope. Treppchen (meaning little staircase in German) refers to the stone steps built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The vineyard is on a variety of iron-infused red, grey and clay slate soils. Erdener Prälat: The iconic terroir of the Mosel. Gray and red slate soils are planted with original root-stock Riesling up to 100 years old, with perfect exposition to the sun.
Annual Production: 70,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Riesling