Weingut Hans Bausch
The Rheingau winery (“weingut”) Hans Bausch is the success story of its first and only vintner, Hans Bausch. Hans Bausch learned about wine making from his grandfather Johann Bausch in days when horses were still used for labor in the vineyards. He started his winery in Hattenheim in 1981 with just 0.1 hectare of vineyards. Since then he has grown to 12 hectares and his son and daughter have joined in the family business. Those vineyards are mostly (60%) classified by the VDP with the highest grade, “grand,” and are where riesling grapes grow in ideal conditions. Hans Bausch’s grand vineyards include the Oestricher Lenchen, Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen, Hattenheimer Hassle, and Hattenheimer Schützenhaus.
Hans Bausch grows mostly riesling with 85% of his plantings and the remainder is spätburgunder (/shpāt-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot noir). To him, terroir is his watchword. He produces wine out of respect for the earth and nature and so uses only organic fertilizer and minimal vine protection methods that are all eco-friendly. Hans Bausch harvests his wine by hand and employs other techniques that are costly and difficult to ensure his wine reaches its high potential. Hans Bausch’s numerous awards document his success.