Tradition, coupled with progress, are the two keystones upon which our family wine estate, the Villa Hochdörffer, was built. The vineyards foundation was laid by one of our Palatinate ancestors who increasingly focused on the cultivation of wine. What started on a small scale in those days developed into a true passion that is, today, shared by the 6th and 7th generation. The Hochdörffer family and wine are as closely entwined as the Palatinate and wine. Currently, our vineyard estate encompasses about 100 acres (40 hectares) of growing area. Many of our parcels have been family-owned for generations – which, in turn, has helped to build our strong bond with this region and its wine.
Not only do European chestnuts, lemons, figs and almonds thrive in the southern part of the world-renowned ‚Weinstrasse, but also the most delectable wines. The mellow landscape with its gently rolling hills, the magnificent Palatinate Forest, and even the regions lifestyle have an air of Mediterranean ease. The Southern Weinstrasse ranks among Germanys most innovative wine-growing areas. And that is what continues to inspire vintner Lieselotte Hahn-Hochdörffer each day to hone her craft.
The official german quality system differs only on the basis of Oechsle, ignoring crucial quality features. By changing climate conditions in the Palatinate it is incomprehensible even to many wine connoisseurs today. Therefore we decided to organize our wines through a pyramid model. There are three quality levels: estate wines, terroir wines, single vineyard wines.