The wine growing tradition of the Thanisch family dates back to 1636. The wine estate was founded in 1895 by Dr. Hugo Thanisch, a Prussian politician and his widow Katharina, and gained its reputation through the spectacular success of the wine auctions of the VDP. Today the estate is managed by Sofia Thanisch, the great grand daughter of the founders, and the fourth generation of women. The size of the estate, including two of the most famous vineyards in Germany, the Berncasteler Doctor and the Bernkasteler Badstube, is 6.5 hectares (16 acres). All vineyards are planted with 100 % Riesling vines, most of which are mature and on original non-grafted rootstocks. The Devon slate soil gives wines their unique character: delicate fruit, elegance and lightness. The Riesling wines from the great “Berncasteler Doctor” vineyard are some of the most famous white wines in the world. These superb wines are highly prized by connoisseurs for their magnificence and complexity, making them some of the most sought-after wines of the entire Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The name Thanisch is inseparably linked to the “Doctor”.