Baron von Knyphausen
In 1818, the East Frisian aristocratic family – the barons of Knyphausen, whose family members served as generals and ministers of the Prussian crown – acquired the Draiser Hof in the Rheingau. The Draiser Hof was built in 1141 by the Cistercian monks of the Eberbach Abbey to cultivate the monastery’s vineyards and fields in Erbach and Eltville. The first mention of the Draiser Hof wine cellar goes back to the year 1163.
The winery Baron Knyphausen – with its world-famous locations such as the Erbacher Marcobrunn, Erbacher Hohenrain or Erbach Steinmorgen – is a well-recognized Germany winery through the constant investments by Baron Gerko to Knyphausen (father of the current owner) to become a quality producer. Since 1972, Baron Knyphausen has been a member of the VDP Rheingau (Verband Deutscher Prädikats-Weingüter) and was a founding member of the Charter Association (“Charta”), which has played a pioneering role in today’s recognition of VDP.Grossen vineyards.
The Baron Knyphausen vineyards are planted with 75% Riesling and 15% Pinot Noir. The remaining 10% are planted with the indigenous grape variety Roter Riesling with 7 other different grape varieties, including a majority of Riesling. The annual production volume of the winery amounts to approximately 70,000 bottles.
The winery is one of the pioneers of the indigenous grape variety Roter Riesling which is considered the mother grape variety of today’s Riesling. With the addition of a classic Rheingau mixed set containing the seven traditional Rheingau grape varieties, Yellow Orleans, White Heunisch, Elbling Silvaner, Riesling, Roter Riesling and Gewürztraminer, they took another step towards traditional and historic viticulture.
In 2015, Baron Gerko zu Knyphausen handed down the management of the winery to his son, Baron Frederik zu Knyphausen, representing the eighth generation of the family.
With a move to organic farming, imposing stringent quality controls, as well as the careful introduction of barrique, Frederik is leading a transition where traditional viticulture will meet modern winemaking to produce elegant and fine wines.