Johannes and Sabine Eser have been the 10th generation of the Johannishof winery since 1999. The wide flavor-palette of Riesling wines is facilitated by the variable nature of the ground conditions and development of the wine to full maturity of flavor.
Our VDP estate wines serve as an introduction to the quality hierarchy of our winery. The dry VDP “Erste Lage” Rieslings originate from the first class vineyards in Johannisberg and Rüdesheim. The selection is complemented by the semi-dry or “feinherb” Rieslings, wines with a subtle sweetness, and the famous Rheingau Charta wines.
The pinnacle of the VDP classification pyramid is represented by the Rieslings from our biggest vineyards. Our VDP “Großen Gewächse”from Rüdesheim Berg Rottland and Johannisberg Hölle are dry, one of a kind wines, reflecting their perfect Riesling character.
The classic noble sweet wines which are produced using fully ripe berries, raisins or noble rot grapes also originate from these larger vineyards.
The vineyards of the Johannishof winery comprise of 20 hectares in the districts of Winkel, Johannisberg, Geisenheim and Rüdesheim. Vineyards are planted with 99% Riesling grapes and 1% “white Burgundy” and are cultivated according to modern standards.
The wide flavor-palette of Riesling wines is facilitated by the variety of ground conditions available and development of the wines to full maturity of flavor. Value is placed on achieving a distinctive Riesling character. Gentle and individual treatment of the wine allows the aromas and flavors specific for each year to come into their own. The cool, humid hill-side cellar guarantees optimal maturation and storage conditions.
The wide spectrum of soil structures featured in the different Johannishof vineyards impart specific features to the respective Rieslings. The Winkel vineyards are composed of deep calciferous loess, yielding elegant wines with subtle fruit-acidity interplay. The Johannisberg vineyards, the source of our Spätlese wines, are characterized by quartzite-weathered soils with deep and partially gravelly loess and loess-loam. The resulting wines present with a distinctive and lightly mineral Riesling character.
Somewhat further to the west lie the slate-covered Taunus-quartzite soils of the famous Rüdesheimer hills. Thanks to the favorable, sun-drenched microclimate close to the Rhine, the resulting wines exhibit maturity coupled with a delicate fruity acidity, balance and harmony.
- Appellation: Rheingau
- Owner: Johannes Eser
- Winemaker: Johannes Eser
- Varieties Grown: Riesling 99% Pinot Blanc 1%
- Age of Vines: 18/ 10 to 70 years
- Altitude: Quarzite, Red Slate
- Farming Methods: Modern