Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Müller-Burgraef

An Estate with History

The Thanisch's can look back to centuries of winegrowing tradition. In 1882, the family acquired the Berncasteler Doctor vineyard, which owes its famous name to legend. A portion of it is today still a part of our estate.

The Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Müller-Burggraef estate is owned by Barbara Rundquist-Müller and managed by a visionary team with continuous national and international success.

This is reflected by the many awards and recommendations the wines received during the past years.
Crossing all borders
The reputation of the excellent quality of our estate wines extends far beyond the Mosel region.
The estate gained its international reputation in the middle of the 19th century under the ownership of Dr. Hugo Thanisch. From that time on, Thanisch wines repeatedly obtained spectacular prices at international auctions, as for example in 1986 when a 1921 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese changed hands for the incredible sum of 11.200 DM (approx. 16300 $ )
The Berncasteler Doctor
The legend says that in the 14th century the Kurfürst (electoral prince) Boemund II of Trier fell very ill with a fever during his stay at the Landshut castle. No medicine and none of his famous doctors were able to cure him. With a small barrel of his finest wine, explaining that this was the best medicine. After drinking it, the Kurfürst recovered completely. He summoned the grower to thank him and gave him the vineyard and as an award of honour, the name was the "Berncasteler Doctor", as this was the only "real" doctor.
Vineyard Site
The legendary Berncasteler Doctor vineyard is located behind the village Bernkastel and is one of the most famous vineyards in Germany.
This 100% steep site with a South-South-West orientation consists of medium deep, stony, loamy weathered argillaceous schist. Planted with up to 80 year old wines, full-bodied, spicy wines are grown here. The South-South-West orientation of the vineyard guarantees optimal sunshine throughout most of the day.
The Riesling wines from the Berncasteler Doctor are among the most  famous and noble white wines in the world.
The Doctorcellar

The majority of the vinification of our wines still takes place today in the traditonal, over 350 year old, "Doctorcellar". The cellar was carved into the rock underneath the vineyard and keeps a consistent humidity and year round temperature of 8-9° Celsius, ideal conditions for the maturation and storage of special wines.

The history of the Doctorcellars "Schatzkammer" is legendary, where at the end of the 1950's the rediscovery of hidden bottles created a lot of attention. In several auctions, these rediscovered treasures achieved spectacular prices.

The handcrafted copper doors of the cellar tell the Doctor legend and are renowned from many pictures.
Tradition & Vision
Experience from Tradition
The internationally recognized Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch, Erben Müller-Burgraef estate is located in the picturesque town of Bernkastel-Kues in the heart of the Middle Mosel. Here we cultivate, 12 hectares (ca. 30 acres) of prime, steep Riesling sites.
Among those sites are - apart from the inseparably to our estate connected - 

Berncasteler Doctor

・ Bernkasteler Badstube
・ Bernkasteler Graben
・ Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr
・ Graacher Himmelreich
・ Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Since several years we have also been cultivating a small amount of Pinot Noir. As with the Riesling, we attach the greatest importance to selective hand-harvesting and the most careful processing of the grapes.
Innovative Change
Our estate uses intuition and technology to determine the proper cultivation and right timing in harvesting our individual top wines. For us, tradition and innovation are values that influence our work on a daily basis.
A large part of this is sustainable and ecological-oriented viticulture with no use of pesticides, herbicides (special herbs are planted to kill weeds), insecticides (use of pheromones instead), no chemical fertilizers (only mulch from pips, stems and skins of grapes) or heavy machinery which compacts the slaty soils with nearly all work done by hand.
Environmentally-friendly practices extend to the cellar where there is no use of artificial enzymes, sorbic acid (commonly used to stabilize wine), industrial cleaners and only minimal use of sulphur dioxide.
Therefore, we attach great importance to the care of the soil and the vines, conscientiously paying attention to low yields. At harvest, we we consider physiolgical ripeness over the specific weight of the must. This is the reason for the high quality of our wine, as only the physiological ripeness guarantees fully ripened aromas and flavors.
Geology - Topography - Climate
Viticulture in the Mosel valley is dictated by the unique countryside. The character of the growing area is formed by the special  geological, topographical and micro - climatical configuration. Grower's experience, care and innate understanding compliment the mineralic and spicy interplay that define these extraordinary wines.
Over a period of 15 million years, the Mosel dug into a slaty mountain range full of minerals that developed 400 million years ago.
The slate erodes easily and its components decay and enrich the soil, which are dissolved in the ground water and absorbed by the vines.
Due to the sheltered position of the Mosel Valley, it is part of the warmest climatic zones in Germany. The capability of the Mosel River and the soil to store heat and reflect sunlight minimizes the annual deviation of temperature and maximizes photosynthesis, making viticulture possble in this, otherwise, very cool region.

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