“OUR RIESLING ‘FUM ALLERHINNERSCHDE’ WAS THE FIRST BRANDED WINE IN GERMANY TO BE BOTTLED IN 1903.”
WALTER HETZERT SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WINES AND WINE ESTATE IN RÜDESHEIM
Marienthaler Straße 46
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
Office Hoursnach Vereinbarung
Paul P. Hetzert
85% Riesling, 12% Spätburgunder sowie 3% Weissburgunder
Lehm, Löss, Schiefer und Taunusquarzit
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Walter Hetzert: The winery has existed as a family business since 1510. Our Riesling ‘fum Allerhinnerschde’ was the first branded wine in Germany to be bottled in 1903! For non-Rheingauer, ‘fum Allerhinnerschde’ translates to ‘from the very back’. This means the farthest corner of the wine cellar, where winegrowers once stored or hid their best and rarest wines.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Walter Hetzert: To produce wines that express special origins, particularly from the Rüdesheim mountain slopes Berg Rottland, Berg Roseneck and Berg Schlossberg.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive? Do you have a favourite grape variety?
Walter Hetzert: We strive to highlight the diversity of our mountain slope locations. For us, everything revolves around Riesling, Riesling, Riesling.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Walter Hetzert: Of course, our wine brand ‘fum Allerhinnerschde’!
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Walter Hetzert: Actually many. Of course, we are happy when a wine is received positively, not only by our customers and friends, but also by the experts.
“WE STILL HARVEST BY HAND IN OUR BEST VINEYARDS.”
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Walter Hetzert: Because in this profession you have a lot to do with people; you learn a lot and give a lot. I really appreciate this contact!
VDP: Do you have role models or mentors?
Walter Hetzert: Count Matuschka-Greiffenclau.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Walter Hetzert: We combine modern knowledge with outstanding terroir. We still harvest our best vineyards by hand.