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The winery is located in the municipality of Dernau in the German wine-growing region of Ahr. Attached to it is the "Hofgarten" estate tavern, which has been in the family for 200 years. The current owner Werner Näkel studied sports and mathematics. In 1982, he took over his parents' business and initially only ran viticulture as a sideline. This was expanded from two hectares at the time to its current size. He began to experiment with long maceration periods and barrique ageing. From the end of the 1980s onwards, Werner Näkel, known as the "red wine wizard", was an innovative winemaker who played a decisive role in today's high level of quality in the Ahr region. In 1989, the first of many red wine awards was won. He made his extensive knowledge available as a flying winemaker in Portugal, South Africa and Gran Canaria

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