The history of the Balthasar Ress winery goes far back into the 19th Century and did not begin with the winery itself – that would be almost boring – but with the Ress family of butchers. In Hattenheim, the Resses had been butchers for many generations, and even today their butcher’s shop ‘Metzgerei Ress’ still exists.
In 1870 Balthasar Ress founded a restaurant of the same name in the small Rheingau village of Hattenheim and thus began a long tradition of hospitality. At the end of the 19th Century, he also purchased property on the Rheinallee – modern day ‘Kronenschlösschen’, or Little Crown Palace – and opened the Hotel Ress in 1894. It was under the management of the Ress family for almost 100 years and has influenced the hospitality landscape of Rheingau ever since. From the very beginning, Ress wines have been part of the menu and were humbly called ‘Von Unserm’, i.e. from our winery.
A lot has happened since the beginnings of the Balthasar Ress winery. Eventually, one of his sons, Carl Ress, took over the winery, and his three nephews, among them Paul Ress, took the Weingut Balthasar Ress a step forward. They purchased parcels of land in prestigious locations such as ‘Oestricher Doosberg’ and ‘Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg’.
In 1950 the winery was purchased by the Wilhelm Hess winery in Rüdesheim, which made locations such as Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland, Bischofsberg and Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg accessible to Balthasar Ress.
Today Christian Ress manages the Balthasar Ress winery in the fifth generation. He has expanded the vineyards to 46 hectares and hired Dirk Würtz, a consultant in 2009 and managing director since 2011. Würtz is a true lateral thinker who combines experience - he was formerly cellar master with Robert Weil – with a noncompromising attitude toward quality and innovation.
Together, Ress and Würtz have not only created an impressive portfolio of excellent wines but also first class natural wines with Natürlich Ress, which exhibit unbelievable complexity without being pretentious.
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|Company Name:||Balthasar Ress Weingut KG|
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|Year of Incorporation:||1870|
|Company Group:||Balthasar Ress Weingut KG|
|Company Owner:||Christian Ress & Stefan Ress|