Updated: Feb 1, 2019
This weekend the Weinköpfe enjoyed some cracking spring weather and fantastic VDP wines at Schloss Westerhaus Estate. Read more about the annual Weinfest and the vintage releases of 2017.
High above Ingelheim am Rhein, Schloss (castle) Westerhaus is perfectly positioned for amazing views over Rheinhessen and the Rheingau. In 1900, Heinrich, one of the five sons of Adam Opel, acquired the winery, which until the beginning of the 19th century was owned by the Imperial count of Ingelheim.
Today, the winery is managed with plenty of passion and family hospitality by the fourth generation great-great-granddaughter of the German car manufacturer. The winery has been a member of the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter eV (VDP) since 1983. Means their wines made with respect to the highest standards of German winemaking quality.
This weekend the family (Ivonne Gräfin von Schönburg-Glauchau (geb. von Opel) and her husband Johannes Graf von Schönburg-Glauchau and their children hosted the annual "Weinfest" (wine party). With lots of wine to taste. The 2017 vintage release is accompanied by the best paella you can find (by Timorossi) and endless views of the hills and valleys of Rheinhessen and the Rheingau. A perfect day for the Weinköpfe.
I highly recommend stocking your cellar with plenty of their VDP wines. My favourites are the 2016 Ingelheim "Y86" Chardonnay, 2015 Riesling GG and 2015 Holzfass Spätburgunder Trocken.