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“The vineyards speak for themselves. You have to listen to them.”

Weingut Dönnhoff

The Dönnhoff Family is proud to call Oberhausen an der Nahe home. Running from Niederhausen to Schloßböckelheim, the majestic landscapes of the Nahe Valley have held sway over them for more than 250 years. 

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The Dönnhoff Family 

The first official mention of the Dönnhoff name dates back to 1761. The family’s own history book details the early flowering of 1781 and the bumper grape harvest of 1784.

Helmut Dönnhoff‘s grandfather laid the cornerstone for the estate‘s success. Right from the outset Hermann Dönnhoff (1880-1953) focused his attention on planting Riesling vines in prized vineyards and by the 1920s was filling his wines into bottles and selling the finest of them by their individual vineyard names.

Hermann’s son Hermann Jr. (1916-1991) cultivated of the “Oberhäuser Brücke” site and constructed the press house in 1936 and the estate’s first cellar space.

In 1953 the estate received a Merit of Honor from the government for its outstanding viticultural achievements.

A new chapter

Helmut Dönnhoff paved the way for international success by establishing an enduring quality and style in his wines.

His vintages have become a byword for renowned German Rieslings the world over. Following his training at his parents’ estate and university studies in winegrowing, he assumed responsibility for both vineyard and cellar starting in 1971.

“Extraordinary wines are based on extraordinary vineyards. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire several world-class sites and in some cases to resume cultivation. It remains very much a privilege for me to produce wine from vineyards of such exceptional quality. It’s more than I ever could have dreamed when I first started working.”

This deep understanding of grand wines and grand vineyards was passed on from father to son to grandson.

The fourth generation now holds the reins: Cornelius Dönnhoff.

He began his training in 1999 and, after a series of positions abroad, in 2007 returned to assume responsibility for the estate - initially for the vineyard and cellar, and now for all aspects of the operation.

History continues, but the estate remains what it has always been - a family affair in every sense.

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Exceptional German Rieslings


With its nine Große Lagen, counted among the absolute finest in the region, the estate today enjoys an excellent international reputation for its grand German Rieslings.


VARIETALS Riesling 80 %, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris 20 %

AGE OF VINES 15 - 65 years

SOILS Sandstone, weathered slate, weathered volcanic rock (porphyry and melaphyre)

YIELDS 50 hl/ha

AGEING Fermentation and storage in classic German oak wooden barrels and stainless steel vats


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