• THE ESTATE

    The estate, founded in 1880 as part of a wine merchant company, has been owned by the Breuer family since the beginning of the 20th century. Georg Breuer enlarged the estate and increased the export of wines. His sons Bernhard and Heinrich and later Bernhard’s daughter Theresa expanded the vineyard size to 34 hectares in the best Rüdesheim and Rauenthal sites. From the early 80’s Bernhard Breuer’s efforts gained an international reputation for the estate. Today it is managed by his daughter Theresa Breuer and production manager of many years, Hermann Schmoranz, with the assistance of cellar master Markus Lundén.

    We cultivate 34 hectares of vineyards in Rheingau, in Rüdesheim (27ha) and in Rauenthal (7ha), 62% of which is on steep slopes. Grape varieties: 81% Riesling, 10% Pinot Noir, 4% Pinot Gris, 5% Pinot Blanc, Orléans and Heunisch.
    Our best vineyard sites in Rüdesheim: Berg Schlossberg (Artist label since 1980), Berg Rottland and Berg Roseneck, aswell as in Rauenthal: Nonnenberg (exclusive possession).

  • HISTORY

    The estate, founded in 1880 as part of a wine merchant company by Bernhard Scholl and Albert Hillebrand, has been owned by the Breuer family since the beginning of the 20th century.
    Peter Breuer handed the estate to his son Georg (1910-1982), after whom it is named today. Georg enlarged the estate and increased the export of wines. His sons Heinrich and Bernhard Breuer expanded the vineyards to 15 hectares in the 80ies and have now reached with the take-over of the monopol Rauenthal Nonnenberg and further purchases a total size of 34 hectares (84 acres) in the best Rüdesheim and Rauenthal sites.

    From the early eighties Bernhard Breuer’s efforts gained an international reputation for the estate.
    His visions and his hard work made the estate what it is today.

    After the unexpected passing of Bernhard in May 2004, his daughter Theresa together with his brother Heinrich Breuer and long term operations manager Hermann Schmoranz, devotedly took over managing the business.

    Today, the estate is managed by Theresa with the continued assistance from Hermann Schmoranz and cellar master Markus Lunden.
    Marlene and Marcia Breuer support the winery in matters of administration and design.

    From 1999 to 2004 Bernhard Breue wrote an online diary in which he recorded the everyday life of a winemaker and reported about his journeys that brought him all around the globe.

    Underneath you find all entries as PDF download:

    1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004

    PHILOSOPHY

    We enjoy drinking every wine sold under our label and identify ourselves with each wine we produce. Our wines satisfy our stringent requirements for quality.
    Our wines compliment good food, are intense, elegant and age well, attributes that correspond to our idea of quality.

    The date of harvest by selective hand picking is therefore always determined by the highest physiological ripeness and perfect health of the grapes. This results in the perfect balance, aromas and structure which are more important to us than the must weight. Extract and depth have priority to yields.
    We believe in traditional artisan methods of vinification. Conscious of our commitment to protect the environment we implement natural methods of viticulture. Accordingly we reduce yields to an average of 42 hl/ha, diversify from single crop farming method and use seasonal grass cover.

    We consider wine as part of culture and lifestyle and thus are entitled to elegant, artistic packaging. The influence of aesthetics and art on each label, correspond to our feeling for the wine.

    We grow 85% Riesling in our vineyards in Rüdesheim and Rauenthal, which reflects a little piece of the Rheingau and German wine tradition. Riesling reflects its origin so honestly, a reflection of its surrounding environment and thus carries well deservingly the title “Queen of the grape varieties”.

    Our estate belongs to the first members of FAIR and GREEN. We are in certification process for the new seal and are pleased to move further towards sustainability!

    For more information check the website of “FAIR and GREENwww.fair-and-green.de.
    The Fair’n Green webshop „natu:rlich Wein – einfach nachhaltig genießen“ can be found under www.natuerlich-wein.de.

    FACTS

    SIZE
    34 hectares – 84 acres

    VINEYARDS
    In Rüdesheim and Rauenthal in the Rheingau

    TOP SITES
    Berg Schlossberg (3,5 ha = 8,6 acres)
    Berg Rottland (2,2 ha = 5,4 acres)
    Berg Roseneck (1,8 ha = 4,4 acres)
    Nonnenberg (5,6 ha = 14 acres – Monopole)

    YIELD
    45 hl/ha on average
    15-25 hl/ha in the top sites

    VARIETIES
    26,8 hectares Riesling
    3,8 hectares Pinot Noir
    2,1 hectares Pinot Gris
    1,3 hectares Pinot Blanc, Orléans and Heunisch

    AWARDS
    100 Best German Estates in Euro-Magazin/Handelsblatt 1988 to 2013
    Gault Millau Wine Guide Germany 2013: 4 grapes
    Stuart Pigott: leading german vintners 1997
    Feinschmecker 1996-2010: The 100 Best German Estates, FFFF
    World Wine Guide: Slow Food
    Wein-Plus.de: 5 stars; 2001 best vintner of the region; Best collection 2004
    Eichelmann: excellent producer, *****
    Falstaff: Vintner of the year 2016