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Deutzerhof - tradition and modern ways
The history of the wine-growing estate Deutzerhof
In 1574, 11 generations ago, the ancestors of Hella Hehle, Caspar Cossmann and his wife Catharina Cossmann, were mentioned as winegrowers for the first time in a borrower's note of the Burg zu Are. They founded the wine-growing estate Cossmann. In 1952 her father, Alfred Cossmann, decided to merchandise his wines himself. In those days he cultivated 2.5 ha. His business went well and he sold his wines to private clients as well as gastronomers along the river Ahr. He mainly produced light, mild and sweet red wines which were very much preferred then.
1977 Hella married the tax accountant Wolfgang Hehle - who found winemaking very inspiring and learned from his father in law. 1982 he passed the examination for the master craftsman's certificate for winegrowers. They purchased more vineyards and the business expanded. Soon the main house in the Dorfstraße became too small. So the family decided to build a new estate on the grounds "Deutzerwiese", a location with history.
There had formerly been an outpost of the monastery Deutz/Köln. 1826 the wine growing monks had to leave and return to their mother house. On old maps of the area the entry "Deutzerberg" for the former vineyards of the monastery can still be found.
1980 the new wine-growing estate was filled with life. Since the name Cossmann was not to be passed on to the next generation the family changed the name of the estate into "Deutzerhof". Wolfgang Hehle learned very much from his father in law and was also open to impulse from outside. He was especially interested in the vinification and development of the Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Within a few years he completely changed the development and style of the wines. In the vineyards he worked in harmony with nature. He left only a limited number of grapes to grow on the vines. After a gentle and controlled fermentation the wines had to ripen in the cellars for nine months before bottling. The wines were mainly dry. Of course this reorientation produced less wine, yet of higher quality. Consequently the average price per bottle increased. The enterprise lost quite a few of their clients: On the one hand the clients did not find their usual favourite wines anymore and on the other hand the prices had risen. But as it so happens Wolfgang Hehles wines were "discovered" all over Germany and received various awards and prices. This in turn brought many new very interested clients and connoisseurs who were willing to pay for the high quality wine.
Today the wine-growing estate Deutzerhof cultivates 7 ha of vineyards. We had several apprentices to learn the wine growing business and 3 permanent employees. We fill about 30,000 bottles of wine per year, which besides the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States and Japan is mainly sold in Germany. Every year we invest about 40,000 € and the extension built in 1997 now seems already becoming too small. The estate's tower room welcomes you not only for wine tastings but also for exclusive dinners prepared for you by star chef Hans-Stefan Steinheuer.