Dominic Borgwardt, Michael Burgdorf, Peter Perabo
Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Riesling
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Tom Drieseberg: We are located in the historical epicentre of the German red wine culture: Assmannshausen. In addition to the unique slate vineyards, especially the Höllenberg, we also have a 160-year-old rock cellar that offers ideal conditions for maturing wines.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Tom Drieseberg: We make authentic Pinot Noirs – far away from the mainstream.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Tom Drieseberg: Our Pinot Noirs have pronounced acidity and are therefore initially closed and austere. They only open when after being well matured. The scent of blackcurrant and violet is the clear, inimitable signature of the vineyards around Assmannshausen – terroir pure!
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Tom Drieseberg: Krone Blanc de Noir VDP.GUTSWEIN - a white pressed Pinot Noir!
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Tom Drieseberg: JUWEL - a composition of the best Pinot Noir selections of a vintage.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Tom Drieseberg: That is pure coincidence and yet consistent. I have always experienced my life with my nose; so, the change from industry to wine followed a certain logic.
VDP: Do you have or did you have role models or mentors?
Tom Drieseberg: My first boss in industry: Carlhanns Damm and my father-in-law Rolf Wegeler
VDP: What are your next goals?
Tom Drieseberg: We want to achieve further qualitative improvements and even more sustainability in our winery.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Tom Drieseberg: The two belong together for me. Almost all good traditions are based on great innovations. And most good innovations eventually become traditions.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Tom Drieseberg: Since the Rheingau is regarded as the heart of Rhine Romanticism, a trip is always worthwhile, above all a visit to the Osteinschen Park above Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen.