“IF YOU GET TO ENJOY TRULY GREAT WINES AS A YOUNG PERSON, YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY MAKE ANY BAD ONES LATER ON.”

“TO BE HONEST, I’D NEVER PLANNED TO BECOME A WINE-GROWER. MOTORSPORTS WAS WHAT I WANTED TO OCCUPY MYSELF WITH – IN OTHER WORDS, DRIVING CARS. IT MAY BE CONSIDERED A STRANGE TURN OF FATE THAT IT WAS THIS VERY CONTRASTING PASSION THAT WOULD, INDIRECTLY, PRESENT ME WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT IMPULSES FOR MY WINE-MAKING CAREER”.
 
NEWS
 
“AND THAT IS WHAT THE NAME OF ‘AUGUST KESSLER’ SHALL CONTINUE TO STAND FOR I: WINES THAT WILL UNMISTAKABLY DEMONSTRATE GREAT POTENTIAL FROM VERY EARLY ON BUT WILL ONLY UNFOLD THEIR TRUE GRANDEUR OVER THE YEARS TO COME. HONEST WINE PERSONALITIES THAT WILL, IN THE HEYDAY OF THEIR LONG LIFE, TELL GREAT STORIES.”
 
 
PINOT NOIRS
Great Pinots are defined by three properties: fruitiness, elegance, and balance. Even our ‘lesser’ Pinot N displays the finesse of this grape variety incredibly well. From the Pinot Noir and our Cuvée Maxes to the ‘Große Lage’ vineyards of Assmannshäuser Höllenberg or Rüdesheimer Schlossberg, they are all distinguished by the charismatic fruitiness and delicate character of the grape, which define the unique charm of Pinot Noir. Following the traditional mash fermentation, by the way, we transfer all of them to barrique barrels for further development.
RIESLING
A Riesling should always run through the palate in a fine, refreshing, crystal-clear and light manner. Which is what our basic Riesling “The Daily August” and our local wines do just as well as the wines from our Erste Lage and Große Lage vineyards. Delicate and with profound complexity, they reflect the characteristics of their individual vineyards in Rüdesheim and Lorch. We always treat them to a prolonged fine yeast fermentation, which gives them a great maturation potential.
SPARKLING WINE
Both our sparkling wines are produced in traditional bottle fermentation. Limited quantities, disgorged only at the smallest scales after long yeast fermentation, make for classy, powerful sparkling wines marked by freshness and an exquisite finish. Not every year, though, our Rieslings and Pinot Noirs fulfil our rigid criteria to become sparkling wines.
RIESLING PINOT NOIR
PRESS
As colourful and varied as our wines present themselves, as wonderfully diverse is the reflection they receive from the press. We are honoured by important national awards such as the “Winzer des Jahres“ (Wine-Grower of the Year), “Kollektion des Jahres“ (Collection of the Year) or “Erzeuger des Jahres“ (Producer of the Year). And praise comes from abroad, too!
PRESS REVIEW
FOOD TO MATCH
GRATINIERTER SPARGEL MIT PARMESAN (ASPARAGI GRATINATI AL PARMIGIANO)
900 g fresh asparagus – 85 g freshly ground Parmigiano – butter for the casserole and flakes - salt

Heat the oven to 230°C. Peel and boil the asparagus. Grease a rectangle or oval casserole with butter. Let the boiled asparagus drip off and layer the stalks into the casserole so all tips point to the same side. With the next layer, have all tips point to the other side, and so on. Sprinkle each layer with salt, freshly ground Parmigiano and butter flakes before adding the next. Place casserole on the topmost oven rail and scallop the asparagus for about 15 minutes until a slightly yellow-golden crust forms. Allow to rest for some minutes before serving. Buon appetito!

Both our 2012 Lorch and Rüdesheim VDP.ORTSWEINE are perfect matches to this dish.
“TODAY, THE ONLY WAY TO FURTHER INCREASE THE QUALITY IS TO RETURN TO THE TRADITIONAL WAYS: WORKING THE SOIL IN THE VINEYARD, CONFINE YOURSELF TO EXTREMELY REDUCED YIELDS, USE ONLY THE HEALTHIEST GRAPES. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE, LONG-LIVED AND GREAT WINES.”
 
The small commune of Assmannshausen in the lower Rheingau has deep roots with wine-growing – just as our family. Our estate with 33 ha of wine-growing space is today cultivated by me, August Kesseler, and my team. The majority of our vines grow on the Rheingau’s steepest slopes. Our refined, cool Pinot noirs are grown here in Assmannshausen. They love the meagre slaty soil.
The very specific ‘terroirs’ in Rüdesheim and Lorsch endow our Rieslings with the unmistakable character of their origin, just as those in Hattenheim, Erbach and Kiedrich. To own such extraordinary treasures of the soil obliges us to meet but the highest of quality standards. Our vines are vinified in a cellar that was dug into the slate of the Höllenberg in 1792 – and there, craftsmanship rules today as it did back then.
 
“TODAY, THE ONLY WAY TO FURTHER INCREASE THE QUALITY IS TO RETURN TO THE TRADITIONAL WAYS: WORKING THE SOIL IN THE VINEYARD, CONFINE YOURSELF TO EXTREMELY REDUCED YIELDS, USE ONLY THE HEALTHIEST GRAPES. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE, LONG-LIVED AND GREAT WINES.”
 
TEAM
Whenever you read “we” in this text, be aware that this is mot about myself. I’m talking about all the wonderful people who also stand behind my name: from my wife – much more than just the “good soul” in the background – to my fellow-workers of many years in the vineyard, the cellar and the office, to the up-and-coming talent we have taken on over the years to rejuvenate and enrich our team. They all contribute to an absolutely extraordinary working atmosphere, which we are fostering with the same loving care as our vines. I, by the way, stepped back to the second row years ago and now greatly enjoy leaving the responsibility to the next generation.

August Kesseler (top left):
The ‘original’ and indeed the only true ‘Rheingauer’ in the team. Way too often away from the estate, but always putting in his heart and soul – day and night and, if need be, via mobile phone. He’s just that: a genuine thoroughbred winegrower – whether he’s in Chicago, Dubai, London or Frankfurt.

Simon Batarseh (top right):
The first Northener in the team, and an oenologist from Geisenheim University (valedictorian!). At work, he can live his love for Pinot Noir and Riesling to the fullest – and at the highest stage, too. Not just in the cellar and vineyard, but also in international sales. No doubt we’re bound to hear more from him!

Max Himstedt (bottom left):
Born in Bremen and thus the second team member of Hanseatic descent (to be precise, the first, as he’s been with us for so many years.) He also holds a degree in oenology (Dipl. Ing.), but he doesn’t attach much importance to it. He’s said to be obsessed with quality, and that we’re happy to tolerate.

Endre Kasa (bottom right):
Another long-established ‘newcomer’, who discovered his love for wine and for the Rheingau many years ago during a short internship – and stayed. He’s mainly and with passion in charge of our vineyards, but somehow he seems to be around any time and anywhere.

And, not to forget:
Beate Kesseler, Daniel Steinle, Sebastian MacLachlan-Müller, Klaudia Kirdorf, Tina Elliger, and all the others. All of them seemingly but ‘minor’ characters and thus mentioned here without their pictures, but in fact nominated for Best Vineyard Support – each and every one of them!
 
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Weinhaus August Kesseler GmbH
Lorcher Straße 16
65385 Assmannshausen

Phone: 0 67 22 / 90 99 200
Fax: 0 67 22 / 90 99 400

shop@august-kesseler.de
www.august-kesseler.de

Email: info@august­kesseler.de
URL: www.august­kesseler.de

Commercial register: Amtsgericht Wiesbaden HRA 8761

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Weingut August Kesseler Geschäftsführungs GmbH
Lorcher Straße 16
65385 Assmannshausen

Telefon: 0 67 22 / 90 99 200
Fax: 0 67 22 / 90 99 400

shop@august-kesseler.de
www.august-kesseler.de

Managing Directors: Beate Kesseler, Daniel Steinle, Simon Batarseh
Amtsgericht Wiesbaden, HRB 20058
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