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Past to present

A Journey through
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THE FOUNDATION

The Beginning of a Legend

The estate was founded in 1849 by Franz Peter Buhl (1809-1862) and was formed from the distribution of the original Jordan Estate into the three smaller estates; Geheimer Rat Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan, Reichsrat von Buhl and Dr. Deinhard (today Weingut von Winning).

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THE NEXT GENERATION

Franz Armand von Buhl

The ownership of the winery passed to Franz Peter’s sons after his death in 1862 – son Franz Armand von Buhl took over the management of the winery. During his life, Armand von Buhl was considered one the most recognised authorities in all practical viticultural matters and was co-founder as well as vice president of the German Viticultural Association.

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A WEDDING

A New Era Begins

Armand con Buhl married Juliane Schnellhorn-Wallbillich, daughter of a highly respected and long-established family owning the best vineyards in Forst, Wachenheim, Ruppertsberg and Königsbach.

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Opening of the Suez canal

New Ways
Opening

A Von Buhl Riesling was served at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal. The wine created a new sensation, remaining exquisite in taste despite the tropical heat.

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Otto von Bismarck

Celebrity
approval

Forster Ungeheuer becomes a world famous site with the help of a remark from German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck: „dieses Ungeheuer schmeckt mir ungeheuer“ (“this monster tastes monstrous to me”).

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The first „Reichsrat“

Royal recognition

Armand von Buh becomes the first “Reichsrat” (member in the house of Lords in the kingdom Bavaria), and was appointed this honorable title from King Ludwig II for his achievements in the German social legislation 1883-89.

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Franz von Stuck

New label
Design

At the age of 24, Franz von Stuck (painter, graphic artist, sculptor as well as important representative of Art Nouveau) designs the Von Buhl labels.

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Hotel Adlon Berlin

Premium wine selection

The Hotel Adlon located in Berlin opens – Reichsrat von Buhl’s Deidesheimer Kieselberg Auslese was presented as one of the most expensive wines on the hotels wine menu. Around the same time, Son Franz Eberhard von Buhl inherits his father Armand’s share of the estate.

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Uncharted Territory

Estate Growth

In 1909, Franz Buhl combined his parents’ inheritance with the land he married into creating one of Germany’s largest privately owned wineries: totalling around 200 hectares, with about half being vineyards.

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A New Name

Origin of the name Reichsrat von Buhl

Franz Eberhard Buhl iintegrates his title, “Reichsrat”. into the name of the winery.

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Under New Managment

Best Quality

After his untimely passing, Franz Eberhard’s widow Frieda Piper von Buhl takes over managment of the winery. She manages not only to maintain but actually increase the high quality that the estate was known for.

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The legacy of Frida Piper

The best parcels

When she passed away childless in 1952 the winery was bequeathed to a political friend of Franz Buhl, Georg Enoch Freiherr von und Guttenberg. Over the years, the estate was continuously scaled down due to economic difficulties in its operation, until the entire property was left with around 52 hectares of land. Among these, however, were the best parcels in the most renowned vineyards of the Mittelhaardt. Among these, however, were the best parcels in the most renowned vineyards of the Mittelhaardt.

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Lease of Land

Time for a great sparkling wine

The winery is leased to Japanese investors led by businessman Toyohiro Tokuoka. The winery is leased to Japanese investors led by businessman Toyohiro Tokuoka. During this time, a lot of money was invested in modernisation of the cellar and winery. The tenants spent many hours working on the winery and were soon able to reap the fruits of their labor and the steadily growing quality of the wines. In addition to increasing wine quality this was the beginning to pressing great sparkling wine.

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The Queen Mums Birthday

At the tables of the monarchs

To celebrate Queen Mum 100th birthday, a 1989 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Beerenauslese from Reichsrat von Buhl was served.

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A new owner

Re-
Unification

In 2005 the winery was sold in private property, which also includes the wineries Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan as well as von Winning (formerly Dr. Deinhard). For the first time since 1849 all three wineries are in one hand.

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Sustainability

Ecological Certification

In 2009, Reichsrat von Buhl’s vineyards and wines are organically certified.

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Takeover

Setting new Standards

Toyohiro Tokuoka’s lease ends and the winery is in complete ownership of the owner family under the direction of cellar master Mathieu Kauffmann.

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Reorientation

Dennis Geller & Simone Frigerio

Reorganization of the winery under the leadership of the owner family Hüftlein-Seeger and managingd director Dennis Geller along side cellar master Simone Frigerio, who is responsible for the wines.

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