The VDP.GROSSE LAGE® NUSSBRUNNEN is located east of Hattenheim above the railroad line that runs through the Rheingau. Protected from the cool north winds, the vines of this south-southeast exposed site thrive near the Rhine at an elevation of 100 meters above sea level with a shallow slope of 10 percent. The high sun exposure of the Rhine Valley gives it a noticeable ripening advantage.
This vineyard owes its name to a spring surrounded by walnut trees in the middle of the vines. Curious hikers will find a map carved in stone with an overview of the Rheingau next to the fountain and a bench that invites them to linger, especially on sunny days. The deep loess and sandy loam soils as well as light tertiary marl of this high-quality well site pamper our vines all along the line. This is because the water storage power of the lower soil layers as well as sufficient oxygen circulation in the root zone ensure an optimal supply even in hot summer months. When you open a bottle of Hattenheim Nussbrunnnen GG, it rewards you on the nose with an accessibility that you cannot avoid. Its pronounced fruit beguilingly makes its way into the nose and also keeps its promise on the palate. However, the Nussbrunnen GG will only demonstrate its true ability after two years at the earliest. This wine is extremely storable.
Bought at auction in 1968
Even then, Stefan Ress, father of today's owner and managing director Christian Ress, saw the potential of the Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen. In 1968, he bought 1.2 hectares of the desirable vineyard site at a spectacular auction, which remains the heart of the family to this day.