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The winery is located in the community of Dernau in the German Ahr wine region. Attached is the "Hofgarten" tavern, which has been in family ownership for 200 years. The current owner Werner Näkel studied sports and mathematics. In 1982, he took over his parents' business and at first he only did winegrowing as a sideline. This was expanded from two hectares to the current size. He began to experiment with long maceration times and barrique maturation. From the end of the 1980s onwards, Werner Näkel, known as the "red wine magician", was an innovative winemaker and played a decisive role in the high quality level of the Ahr region. In 1989 the first of many red wine prizes was won. As a Flying Winemaker he made his extensive knowledge available in Portugal, South Africa and Gran Canaria

Together with Neil Ellis, the Zwalu Winery was founded in 1996 in the South African wine region of Stellenbosch near Cape Town. Together with Bernd Philippi (owner of the winery Koehler-Ruprecht in the Palatinate) and Bernhard Breuer (owner of the winery in the Rheingau), with whom he had previously worked on several projects, Werner Näkel founded the winery "Quinta da Carvalhosa" in the Portuguese Douro Valley in 2000

The Ahr vineyards comprise 13 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Kräuterberg (Walporzheim), Hardtberg and Pfarrwingert (Dernau), as well as Sonnenberg (Bad Neuenahr). They are planted with the varieties Spätburgunder (10 ha), Frühburgunder, Dornfelder and Riesling. The top wines include the "Blauschiefer" and "S" cuvées aged in barriques, as well as the dry Auslese from Pfarrwingert and Kräuterberg, which are all bottled in September of the following year. A speciality is the light-pressed "Illusion" from Pinot Noir. Fine brandies are also distilled. The winery is a member of the VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).

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