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Espenhof

The winery is located in the municipality of Flonheim-Uffhofen (Bingen area) in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen. A country hotel and wine restaurant are attached. The business is owned by Dipl. Ing. agr. Wilfried and Nico Espenschied. Nico Espenschied is responsible for the cellar technology. The vineyards comprise 28 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations La Roche (Uffhofen), as well as Binger Berg (in the plots Kisselberg and Ringelberg), Pfaffenberg, Geisterberg and Rotenpfad (Flonheim). They are planted with the white wine varieties Riesling,Pinot Gris, PinotBlanc, Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Sauvignon Blanc and Silvaner, as well as the red wine varietiesPinot Noir, Dornfelder, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Blauer Portugieser. The long-term average yield is around 70 hl/ha.

We consistently practice near-natural viticulture with the long-term goal of ecological cultivation. The selected grape material is processed with the greatest possible care in the newly built press station. About 40% of the wines are traditionally fermented and/or aged in wooden barrels with a volume of 115 to 6,000 litres. The vinification is carried out without oenological intervention, low sulphur use and the use of fining agents, stabilisation and in some cases filtration. The red wines ferment on the mash and are aged in large wooden barrels or in barriques, depending on the type of wine. The white wines are stored for a long time on the full yeast. Around 220,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. The winery is a member of the associations Rheinhessen Wein, Generation Riesling and Slow Food.

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