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Weingut Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Thanisch
For almost four centuries, the Thanisch family has dedicated itself to the continuous care of its vineyards in the highest quality terroirs of the Middle Moselle. Their vineyards are located in Bernkastel, Kues, Graach, Lieser and Brauneberg. Probably the most venerable site is the Berncasteler Doctor, from which the family acquired a plot of land at the beginning of the 19th century and since then has been a guarantor for the best Doctor wines. Since 1910 the winery has been a founding member of the Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer, the forerunner of the VDP, the Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter.
The winery Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch - Erben Thanisch is located in Bernkastel-Kues. The winegrowing tradition of the Thanisch family can be traced back to more than 375 years. Already in 1636 the name was mentioned in the church books of Bernkastel for the first time. Today the winery is managed by Mrs. Sofia Thanisch, the eleventh generation of the Thanisch family.
Dr. Hugo Thanisch and the Berncasteler Doctor
The foundation stone for the worldwide reputation of the winery was laid by the Prussian member of the state parliament Dr. Hugo Thanisch, the great-grandfather of the current owner and the actual founder of the winery. In 1882, Dr. Hugo Thanisch purchased a large part of the vineyard in the Berncasteler Doctor for 17 marks per "vine". The price amounted to more than one hundred thousand Goldmark, then as now a fortune. But Dr. Hugo Thanisch showed foresight, because the vineyard was worth the money. Riesling wines from the legendary Berncasteler Doctorberg were already cult at the beginning of the 19th century, so the purchase became not only a prestigious but also a very profitable investment. After all,the noble wines provided the financial basis for the winery owners through high auction prices.
Trier wine auctions
The great success of the Thanisch wines is confirmed by the high sales proceeds at the Trier wine auctions. Between 1893 and 1908, the winery auctioned a total of 159 Fuder, which were produced and offered for sale during this period. The average price was 4275 Goldmark per Fuder. Thus the winery achieved the highest proceeds at Mosel, Saar and Ruwer. To the successes of the past two further ones were added, when a "bottle" 1921 Trockenbeerenauslese Berncasteler Doctor 1978 for 7200 DM and a further bottle 1921 Trockenbeerenauslese 1986 even sensational 11,100 DM obtained.
The first Trockenbeerenauslese
Not only with the immense proceeds of the wine auctions did the winery attract attention. In 1921, for the first time at the Mosel, a Trockenbeerenauslese was produced in the Wwe. Dr. H.Thanisch winery, which made the winery's wine history. With 241 degrees Oechsle the wine had the highest must weight measured at the Mosel until then.
Women in power
Another special feature is the dominance of women in the history of the winery. Clever marriages, in almost all generations, ensured the unstoppable rise of the Thanish in the wine hierarchy over the past 375 years. When Dr. Hugo Thanisch died of heart failure at the age of 42, the winery was continued by his wife Katharina. After her it bears the present name WWe. Dr. H. Thanisch. After Katharina Thanisch, her daughter-in-law Mrs. Sofie Thanisch managed the winery together with her daughter Mechthild, who in turn handed over the management to her niece Mrs. Sofia Thanisch. With her daughter Mrs. Christina Spier, the course for the future is already set.
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