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Deutzerhof

The "Deutzerhof Cossmann-Hehle" winery is located in the Mayschoß commune in the German wine-growing region Ahr, Success is inextricably linked to the name Wolfgang Hehle. The origins of the traditional company date back to the 16th century, since Caspar Cossmann and his wife Catharina were mentioned as winegrowers as early as 1574. In 1952 Alfred Cossmann decided to market his wines, which were made from 2.5 hectares at the time. His son-in-law Wolfgang Hehle was actually a tax specialist before he married into the Cossmann wine-growing family and with his wife Hella continued the wine-making tradition in the 12th generation. Wolfgang Hehle became a quality fanatic and is one of the pioneers of high-quality ahr wine. He expanded the business by buying first-class plots in terraced steep slopes.

The parent company in Mayschoßer Dorfstraße was soon no longer sufficient for the increased demands. A new winery was therefore built on the Deutzerwiese property (an earlier location of a branch of the Deutz monastery in Cologne). The family had decided to name the new winery "Deutzerhof" and to give it a name that was independent of the succession. From now on, the red wines were made dry based on the great Burgundians. After several strokes of fate and the death of Wolfgang Hehle, the winery has been run by his wife Hella and cellar master Hans-Jörg Lüchau since April 2013.

The vineyards cover seven hectares (5.3 of which are owned by the owner). These are small, steeply terraced plots with barren soils that force the vines to penetrate deep into the soil. Many of the vineyard walls, which are in danger of collapsing or have already collapsed, have been restored and the small terraces restored. Working in the extremely steep Eck location in Altenahr makes a cog railway easier. The vineyards are widely scattered in the individual layers Daubhaus (Ahrweiler) Eck (Altenahr) Schieferlay (Dernau) Landskrone (Heimersheim), Lacherberg and Mönchberg (Mayschoß) church tower and Schieferlay (Neuenahr), as well Herrenberg (Computing).

They are planted with the red varieties Spätburgunder (70%), Frühburgunder (13.5%), Dornfelder and Blauer Portugieser, as well as with the white varieties Riesling (12%) and Chardonnay. A specialty are root-safe, very old vines. The Riesling vines are more than half a century old, the Portuguese vines still date from the 1920s. Worth mentioning is the typical small-grape Pinot Noir variety known on the Ahr for centuries, called “Kaasten”, which is also cultivated by the Deutzerhof. The quality criteria in the vineyard are environmentally oriented management with, for example, greening, low yields and later harvesting of fully ripe grapes. The influence of the barrique is carefully used according to the quality levels. Another specialty are noble sweet berries, dried berries and Riesling ice wines. Around 35,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. The winery has been a member of the VDP as well as in the association German barrique forum,

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