Area under vine: 3.8 ha / 9.4 acres
Main grape varieties: Riesling
The family estate Dr. Kauer is located in one of Germany’s most picturesque regions – the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Dr. Randolf Kauer, professor at Geisenheim University holding the chair in organic viticulture, and his family practice organic viticulture on the best steep slopes of Bacharach, Oberwesel and Oberdiebach. Their vineyards cover an area of 3.8 hectares and the family’s particular passion is Riesling from slate soil, in all its facets. They are dedicated to the preservation of steep-slope viticulture in a well-managed natural landscape. For them, it is self-evident that organic viticulture is the best way to exert a positive influence. Hence, they have practiced this method of cultivation since the estate’s founding in 1982. Weingut Dr. Kauer is a member of the Bundesverband Ökologischer Weinbau (ECOVIN) and gets certified on an annual basis (Gesellschaft für Ressourcenschutz, Göttingen – DE-ÖKO-039).
In 1996, they were fortunate to be able to buy part of the former Wasum winery, which has a marvelous cross-vault cellar with integrated slate rock and is listed as part of the country’s architectural heritage. Dr. Kauer and his family are now gradually restoring the building to its former glory.