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Viticulture in our family for 350 years

Since 1670 and therefore for more than 350 years, our family has been dedicated to the art of viticulture on the steep slate slopes of the Moselle and Ruwer. In the 11th generation, Dr. Carmen von Nell-Breuning continues this tradition and runs the family's Dominican winery in the Ruwertal. 

We consciously concentrate on the cultivation of the classic grape varieties Riesling and Pinot Noir. In our vineyards, which fall steeply and ruggedly towards the Ruwer, we do all the vine work by hand. As the oldest sparkling wine manufacturer in the Ruwertal, we also produce sparkling wine using traditional bottle fermentation. Since 2019, we have been working in our vineyards and cellar according to biodynamic principles. We have not used any herbicides for eleven years now.

We take our time to create authentic wines. Wines of great elegance and longevity. Unmistakable in taste.

Carmen by Nell Winzerin

Diligence & care

Winemaking requires a balance: between doing and not doing, trust and knowledge, humility and courage, hard work and careful craftsmanship, between respect for the old and an eye for the new. Winemaking requires a deep understanding of the interrelationships of nature. Winemaking requires patience, because the cycles in winemaking are long and constant.


That is how I see myself in what I do. I work on this every day and every year. 

In my winery, we work according to biodynamic principles, because strengthening and maintaining the health of our vineyards is important to me. At the same time, it is a personal concern of mine to keep the craft and tradition alive around a 2,000-year-old, unique cultural landscape on the Moselle-Saar and Ruwer. Out of a total of 8 hectares, we cultivate 2 hectares in traditional single-pole training and here we use pastures for tying the vines; just as our ancestors did about it. In all our vineyards, we work on our vines exclusively by hand. This is the only way we stand in front of each of our vines at least eight times a year: look at them, care for them, accompany them and harvest them. This is the only way we can build a relationship with our vines and our vineyard. 

How we work in our vineyards and the relationship we have with our vineyards: all this is reflected in our wines. 

Grapes in hand
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