Weingut August Eser
Weingut August Eser



We are the key to the Rheingau!

August Eser key to Riesling   Riesling and Pinot Noir from authentic Rheingau Terroir - that's our passion 


key to Riesling   Our vineyards along the Rhine river in the Rheingau are spread over 17 single vineyards in 8 villages


August Eser key to Riesling   Our wines from the specific vineyard sites displaying unique characteristics of top quality.


key to Riesling   Sparkling wines produced with the traditional method of bottle fermentation.


Key to Riesling from August Eser   Our wines are made according to the strict growing and winemaking criteria of the Charta foundation and the VDP .Pyramid (comparable to the French Grand Cru system)


Our wines are well recognized by the grape key logo on the wine labels.

Each sip full of joy!

You can find our wines in restaurants, specialized wine stores in Germany and also in diffrent countries including Great Britain, USA, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, China  and the Czech Republic.  

If you are interested in our wines and want to know how to get our wines, please contact us mail@eser-wein.de



"Baron and Baroness of single vineyards - the key to Rheingau"

... said by a sommeliere about us.

Our vineyards are spread over 17 different single vineyard sites in eight different villages along the Rhine River in the Rheingau region.

This is quite unusual, however it offers you the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the Rheingau region. Below is an overview of our major vineyard sites.

The soils types of our vineyards include sand, loess, marl, slate to meadow with a slope gradient vary from gentle to steep slope sites.

Please find here our vineyard map:



Rheingau Vineyard sites



The Rheingau is characterized by its geographic position with only south facing slopes and the lake like Rhine river. The deep clay soils have good water-holding capacity although there is only a little rainfall (530 mm per year). This is because of the Rheingau hills and the humus development out of our cover crop management, which has been ongoing for two decades. The main focus is on keeping natural soil vitality. The use of natural grape growing methods and no pesticides, combined with minimum yields is the base for quality, which is further improved by a late, selective hand harvest.


Our winemaking criteria


Key to Riesling from August Eser   selective harvesting by hand


Key to Riesling from August Eser   several selections of grapes on the vine


Key to Riesling from August Eser   limited yield


Key to Riesling from August Eser   attention to details in all aspects of crushing and processing of the grapes


Key to Riesling from August Eser   slow, controlled fermentation for better flavor development


Key to Riesling from August Eser   fermentation in oak barrels in combination with stainless steel


Key to Riesling from August Eser   red wines in traditional oak barrels and barriques

The VDP.classification

*Through research for factors such as soil texture, sun exposure and available water supply, Rheingau vineyard sites are analyued. Only the special and best sites or parts of single sites are classified by the name “VDP.Grosse Lage” and "VDP.Erste LAGE".

To meet these quality designations, by specific vineyard factors in addition to strictly reduced yields requirements, the wines have to pass a sensory test by a professional jury. 

The refined VDP.CLASSIFICATION is not part of the official German wine law but rather an in-house statute of Gemany’s Prädikat wine estates (VDP) in which the quality of a wine is defined according to “terroir,” i.e., origin and quality are inherently linked. Wineries must follow specific standards shich are morge strringent than the official German wine law. Although the classification is only binding for VDP member estates, it is seminal for quality-oriented German viticulture as a whole.

The goal of the VDP.CLASSIFICATION is to assess the quality potential of Germany’s very best vineyard sites; secure the future of Germany’s unique viticultural landscape; restore esteem for Germany’s outstanding dry wines; and underscore the traditional connotation of the Prädikats as attributes reserved for wines with natural, ripe sweetness.

The refined, four-tier VDP.CLASSIFICATION is the key to terroir-driven viticulture in Germany in used to classify our wines.


 Die VDP.Klassifikation

  VDP-GROSSE LAGE - The peak of the vineyards

VDP.GROSSE LAGE designates the very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. With their site-specific characteristics, these wines are particularly expressive and have exceptional aging potential. They are planted with traditional varieties best suited to a particular site, as determined by each region.

VDP.GROSSE LAGE® – Die Spitze der Weinberge

Grape Varieties
Riesling and Pinot Noir

Maximum Yields
Reduced yields of 50/hl/ha

Harvest method and ripeness level
Grapes are harvested selectively, by hand. The harvest fruit must be physiologically fully ripe.

The wines are produced exclusively by traditional winemaking techniques.

In addition to regular VDP estate inspections, VDP.GROSSE LAGE© wines are subject to additional examinations. Quality-oriented measures in the vineyard, particularly those affecting yields, are monitored in every site throughout the growing season and before the harvest. Prior to and after bottling, the wines are critically tasted and evaluated to determine whether they meet VDP.GROSSE LAGE© criteria.

Identification marks
A dry wine from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE© is designated VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS© and is bottled in a special bottle embossed with the “GG” logo. The use of the adjective trocken is mandatory. Off-dry wines need no additional terminology – the use of the adjective halbtrocken is optional. The same applies to the adjective feinherb.

VDP.GROSSE LAGE© wines with residual sweetness are labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese), provided they qualify for a specific Prädikat.

The name of the site (without the name of the village) is the appellation of origin of a VDP.GROSSE LAGE© wine. It is indicated on the label along with the name of the wine estate and the grape variety. The use of a strip on the capsule to identify a VDP.GROSSE LAGE© wine is mandatory.

As an exception, the GG logo can be printed on the front label in place of using the embossed bottle.


VDP.GROSSE LAGE© Prädikat wines with residual sweetness make their market debut on 1 May of the year after the grapes were harvested.

VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE© white wines, on 1 September of the year after the grapes were harvested; red wines, on 1 September two years after the grapes were harvested, after having spent at least 12 months aging in oak casks.


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