Helmut Dönnhoff

Helmut DönnhoffIf you could make wine anywhere, where would it be?
In the Nahe region - of course. I can not be moved from here. I am connected to my vinyards.

What pest causes you most trouble in the vineyard?
If wild boar take a closer look at our ripe grapes in our grand cru vinyards.

What impact have wine critics had on you (if any)?
It is always interesting to hear a second opinion about our wines, but they should not influence me to much in my traditional way of winemaking.

What is the best thing about wines made in your country? And the worst?
The worst is not the quality- the biggest problem is our classification system- it is very difficult to understand. The best thing is our talent for outstanding Riesling for a reasonable price.

What causes you most sleepless nights?
Frost in May.

If you weren't a winemaker, what would you like to have been?

Outside wine, what is your passion?
Art and architecture.

Favourite wine/vintage from your winery?
1971 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

Signature dish?
Everything my wife cooks.

Favourite restaurant locally? Worldwide?
Sorry, I have so many friends around that own outstanding restaurants- it would be a sin just to name one.

What was the best advice you ever received?
Do not take life too serious.

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