Wine Estate Facts
Owner: Konrad Hähn
Estate Size: 6 hectares/15 acres
- White: 97% Riesling
- Red: 3% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
Freiherr von Schleinitz estate is recognized as one of the top estates in the region. The high quality of the wines is continuously confirmed by awards and medals received in regional and national as well as international competitions.
Low yields and the use of cultivated yeasts result in well crafted wines which are raised in stainless steel in a modern facility. One can taste the result of professional care and vast experience in these full, nicely balanced Riesling wines with minerally components in the bouquet and vibrant, but fine acidity in the body. A Sekt (sparkling wine) of great elegance is also made from Riesling using the champagne method.
The Hähn family has been in the wine business since 1650. In 1892 Peter Hähn moved to Kobern and started a small winery. In 1956 his grandson Karlheinz Hähn expanded the winery by buying the Freiherr von Schleinitz estate and merged the two keeping the von Schleinitz name.
He started to expand the business by being a negociant but developed his vineyards at the same time. Focusing on his own production and quality the negociant part of the business was reduced and eventually eliminated as the estate grew and became recognized for quality.
The winery received more and more attention for its quality and achieved a national award in 1979. At that time Konrad Hähn, the son of Karlheinz and now owner of the estate, was already involved with the wine making and is continuing the devotion to quality started by his father. The quality focus of the winery was confirmed by two additional national awards in 1995, 2001 and 2005. Weingut Freiherr von Schleinitz is certainly regarded as a leading winery in the area. For many years the winery has been recommended by Feinschmecker and is listed in the Eichelman German wine review. Furthermore, Winespectator awarded Von Schleinitz the title Value Winery of the year in 2010. Most recently, the BTI in Chicago awarded the 2008 Kabinett with: Best German Riesling $20 and under.
Konrad also serves on several honorary tasting and review committees.