Welcome to the VDP.Rheinhessen

From a underdog to a model region

Rheinhessen is certainly the German growing region that has most renewed and spectacularly improved its reputation in recent years. A young generation of winegrowers has taken over the helm here – the region is now regarded as an innovative melting pot. Rheinhessen is not only one of the largest and most traditional wine-growing regions in Germany – with more than 1.500 hours of sunshine a year and only 500 millimeters of precipitation, it is also one of the driest.

Land of a thousand hills

Rheinhessen has all the natural resources for high-quality viticulture: its geographical location, its topography, the protection offered by the Donnersberg in the west, the close proximity to the Rhine and of course its rock and fertile loam and loess soils. In the "land of a thousand hills," as Rheinhessen is often called, the sun shines more than 1.600 hours per year to a mere 550 mm of precipitation, making the region one of driest in Germany.

Everything began on the Red Slope ...

On November 26th, 1910, winegrowing estate owners, domain directors and administrators from the three Rhine "noble winegrowing regions" of Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Rheinpfalz as well as from Mosel, Saar and Ruwer met in Koblenz to set up a "Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer" (VDNV). This event was not deemed worthy a single mention in most of the trade journals for viticulture and wine trade. A hundred years later, the wines with the grape eagle are world-famous ambassadors for the unique German wine culture. The world's oldest national association of top wine producers now also unites wineries with sites of world renown from all German wine-growing regions – from the Saar to the Main, from Lake Constance to Saxony.

In 1910, the "Vereinigung Rheinhessischer Naturwein-Versteigerer" and its four members were by far the smallest of the four founding associations. It comprised only estates that had vineyards on the Roter Hang (Red Slope) between Mainz and Nierstein. Most probably founded in 1909, the association had eight members in the mid-twenties, two of them in Bingen. The cultivated area was listed as 10.6 hectares. The admission of the Großherzoglich-Hessische Domäne in Mainz at the end of the twenties split the association, which had grown again in the meantime. It is no longer possible to reconstruct whether, and if so for how long, the wineries auctioned their wines individually or together during the Third Reich. In any case, no auctions have been approved on the Rhine since 1940. After the Second World War, the association was reconstituted without ever having been dissolved. It is thanks to the Niersteiner winery owner Peter von Weymarn (Heyl zu Herrnsheim) that the VDNV did not dissolve after the prohibition of the designation "natural wine" by the Wine Act of 1971. von Weymarn also founded the Rheinhessische Weinbörse (1974), the predecessor of the Mainzer Weinbörse. This has been the largest trade fair for top German wines for many years. Today VDP.Rheinhessen has 17 members and a vineyard area of approx. 300 hectares, or a solid one percent of the region's vineyard area.




1900-1924   Carl Gunderloch, Nackenheim
1924-1942   Oberstleutnant Fritz Liebrecht, Bodenheim
1942-1945   Dr. Franz Usinger, Nackenheim
1948-1977   Fritz-Rudolf Schulz, Gau-Bischofsheim
1977-1995   Dipl.Ing. Friedel Waldeck, Nierstein
1995-2005   Dr. Heinz von Opel, Ingelheim
since 2005   Philipp Wittmann, Westhofen

Board of directors of the VDP.Rheinhessen


VDP.Estate Gunderloch
Carl-Gunderloch Platz 1
55299 Nackenheim

PHONE: +49 (0) 6135 2341


H. O. Spanier

VDP.Estate Battenfeld Spanier
Bahnhofstrasse 33
67591 Hohen-Sülzen

PHONE: +49 (0) 6243 906515


Kai Schätzel

VDP.Estate Schätzel
Oberdorfstraße 34
55283 Nierstein

PHONE: +49 (0) 6133 5512


Contact to the VDP.Rheinhessen



Weingut Gunderloch
Carl-Gunderloch-Platz 15
5299 Nackenheim

Tel: +49 (0) 6135 2341
Mobil: +49 (0) 173- 7277667 (Anne Peter)