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Weingut Karthäuserhof, idyllically situated in a side valley of the Ruwer, is a magical place and an icon of great Riesling. The wines that come from the monopole Karthäuserhofberg vineyard, which rises directly above the estate, have by nature a wealth of aromas and a one-of-a-kind characteristic.
Karthäuserhof – The Cradle of World-Famous Rieslings
The Karthäuserhof takes its name from the Carthusian monks, who received the property as a gift from Elector Balduin of Luxembourg in 1335. As part of the secularization of 1811, the estate was purchased by the Rautenstrauch family and remains in family ownership to this day. In the 19th century, the estate first became world famous and is one of the top Riesling estates today. The distinctive neck label is no less famous.
The Neck Label
The Karthäsuerhof owes its fame not only to the great style and enormous longevity of its wines but also to the distinctive neck label, which has since been trademarked and has contributed to the wine’s fame. Wilhelm Rautenstrauch would secretly meet, the story goes, in a back part of the garden with a gazebo to drink wines and play cards with friends. In order to keep the bottles cool, he would stand them up in the Eitelsbach brook that runs by the property into the Ruwer. The problem was that the labels would regularly come off from the bottles. To end this annoying circumstance, he had the brilliant idea of having just a neck label, which has adorned bottles of the Karthäuserhof for more than 100 years. It is, in the best sense, a trademark.