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The winery is located in the municipality of Kiedrich in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau and was founded in 1875 by Dr Robert Weil (1843-1933). There are also family roots in the well-known Bernkastel winegrowing dynasty of Prüm. The estate was considerably expanded through the purchase of the two vineyards Nilkens and Buschmann, the villa of the aristocratic English art patron Sir John Sutton (1820-1873) shown in the picture, which became the ancestral home, as well as vineyards owned by the Count of Fürstenberg. A Riesling from the 1893 vintage from the Gräfenberg vineyard made the estate widely famous. At that time, the Auslese from the Kiedrich hill was supplied to many of Europe's imperial and royal houses. In 1900, for example, the Vienna Court Economic Office bought 800 bottles of this wine for the Habsburg imperial court for a bottle price of 16 gold marks. Incidentally, the treasury of the house stores the top wines of the great vintages back to that legendary Auslese. The 1920 vintage of the Kiedricher Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese is called Zeppelin wine because it was on board the airship "Graf Zeppelin LZ 127" when it circumnavigated the world in 1929.

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