Wine Estate Facts
Owner: Klaus Wehrheim
Estate Size: 12.5 hectares/32 acres
Production: 8,000 cases
- White: 40% Riesling, 20% Gewürztraminer, 13% Silvaner, 10% Müller Thurgau , 17% Other white varietals including: Faberrebe, Kerner, Morio-Muskat, Grauburgunder and Scheurebe
- Red: Cabernet Dorsa, Cabernet Mitos, Dornfelder, Portugieser and Spätburgunder
Wine growing has been a part of the Wehrheim family since 1693. Klaus Wehrheim is the 11th generation of winegrowers. The estate still uses a plethora of oak wood caskets or barrels for aging the wine in a vaulted cellar from the middle ages. In 1818 Klaus’s great, great, great grandfather, as a young man, was a whale fisher, and he used the money he earned from whaling to buy a vineyard. Today the vineyard is still called “The Walfisch Wingert” or “ The Whale Vineyard” His great, great grandfather, Johann Wehrheim, in 1918 founded the “Vereinigung Niersteiner Weingutsbesitzer” This was a very successful group that auctioned off their wine. In addition, the Wehrheim winery is listed as one of the top hundred wineries by the German national winery competition.
- 12.5 Hectares (32 acres)
- The soil type varies widely-sandstone, clay, sandy loam and limestone.
- Most vineyards are on an incline and some parts of the vineyard are so steep that the grapes have to be harvested by hand.
- After careful soil analysis fertilization is done using organic fertilizer.
- Instead of using herbicides, weeds are controlled by a mechanical method and using hand cultivation.
- The so-called integrated plant protection system may be cheaper, but it reduces the yield.