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A Journey through
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).
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.
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.
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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Origin of the name Reichsrat von Buhl
Franz Eberhard Buhl iintegrates his title, “Reichsrat”. into the name of the winery.
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.
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.
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.
At the tables of the monarchs
To celebrate Queen Mum 100th birthday, a 1989 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Beerenauslese from Reichsrat von Buhl was served.
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.
In 2009, Reichsrat von Buhl’s vineyards and wines are organically certified.
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.
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.