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Weingut von Othegraven
At the foot of the Kanzemer Altenberg vineyard, well hidden in a large park, lies the traditional Weingut von Othegraven. The stately manor house with its English garden and the adjoining Kanzemer Altenberg make up a cultural monument and are listed as historical monuments as well. A distinction that Weingut von Othegraven shares with only a few other wineries worldwide.
Weingut von Othegraven was founded in the 15th century by the Metzenhausen–von Hagen family. It is thus one of the oldest estates in the region—viticulture is first documented in Kanzem on the Saar in 1381. After a long and eventful history, the estate finally became the property of the Grach–Weißebach–von Othegraven family in 1805. By succession, the estate changed its name several times.
Until 1824, it was called Grach, followed by the name Weißebach till 1881. As a result, it bore the name J. Weißebach Erben and, from 1954, its current name von Othegraven. The estate is one of the founding members of the Association of German Natural Wine Auctioneers, today’s Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP).
Not so long ago, prices for Rieslings from the best sites on the Saar were paid that today sound like a fairy tale. Between 1893 and 1911, von Othegraven averaged 2,343 Goldmarks for a Fuder cask (ca. 1,000 liters) from Canzemer Berg, the present-day Kanzemer Altenberg!