History & Geography
In 2020 the von Nell-Breuning family celebrates 350 years of continuous wine-making in the Moselle Valley. Ludwig van Beethoven was a close family friend whose first great love was Eleonore von Breuning, daughter of his patron and 'foster mother', Helene; he dedicated several pieces to Eleonore. Her brother, Stephan, was a life-long and dear friend who accompanied Beethoven to Vienna. Three of our sparkling wines - LUDOVICO, ELEONORE and STEPHANUS - are dedicated to this special friendship. The winery's history is includes other historical greats such as Roman emperor Joseph I. of Hungary & Bohemia, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tsar Nicholas II, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, President Francois Mitterrand, German Chancellors, and influential Catholic theologian Oswald von Nell-Breuning. In 2013 Dr Carmen von Nell-Breuning became the winery's 11th generation winemaker when she took over from her father. The boutique hotel and parts the restaurant, Pauliner Hof, are in an ancient former monastry.