The Berncasteler Doctor

Legend

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.

Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese

The handcrafted copper doors of the cellar tell the Doctor legend and are renowned from many pictures

The doctorcellar keeps a consistent humidity and year a temperature of 8-9° Celsius (46-48 Fahrenheit), ideal conditions for the maturation and storage of special wines

To the Wine Range