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Winery Margaretenhof

We are managing the Margaretenhof winery in the 5th generation already. With us everything is "handmade", as a typical family business we carry out all work from pruning to bottling ourselves - we know all our vines "personally". The production of healthy, fully ripe grapes with moderate yield, gentle grape processing and a restrained fermentation guarantee maximum enjoyment. In 2015 we celebrated the anniversary 50 years of bottled wine and direct marketing of this tradition we feel obliged.
Like a horseshoe, the terraces and gentle hills of the vineyards surround our hometown Osthofen. These excellent Pinot wines thrive on these profound loess soil. Our top vineyard is a in the position Westhofener Brunnenhäuschen, on the stony limestones our best Riesling grows.
During a holiday in our beautiful apartment you can get to know us and our wines. We look forward to welcoming you!

English and French speaking visitors are welcome.

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About us

  • Winemaker Ernst-Heinrich Ahl
  • Vineyard-area 8 hectare
  • sparkling wine

Contact details:

Weingut Margaretenhof
Britta und Ernst-Heinrich Ahl
Tempelgasse 9 67574 Osthofen

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Westhofener Brunnenhäuschen

Westhofener Brunnenhäuschen (Fountain Cottage of Westhofen)

Over 50 vineyard cottages - and a single well cottage

There is probably no village in Rheinhessen that could boast more vineyard houses: As many as 54 cottages adorn the vineyards of Westhofen. They were once shelters against the weather. In this particular one however, a spring was "protected" and a water reservoir was connected to it. The vineyard was first mentioned in a document in 1721 under the name "am brunnenhäusschen". The soils are characterised by clay marl with limestone and limestone rocks in the subsoil. “Terra Rossa", a red soil, is also found here. The winegrowers cultivate Riesling, Silvaner, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. One of the highest vineyards in Westhofen.

> Interesting facts about the Westhofen Wingertshäuschen: https://www.wonnegau.de/wissenswertes-wingertsheisjer 
From Wingertshäuschen to Wingertshäuschen: https://www.rheinhessen.de/wingertsheisje-wanderweg
> To the other single vineyards of Westhofen: Aulerde, Kirchspiel, Morstein and Steingrube 

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The location was mentioned in 1325 with the name "at the kyrchberge" and 1362 "at the kirisberge". Based on the historical evidence, both the interpretation of "mountain belonging to the church estate" and "mountain with cherry trees" is possible.
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The name was chosen in 1941 in reference to the old name of 1362 "on the cloister paths".
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The location was mentioned in 1254 with the name "in liben berc". The name refers to the personal name Liebo.
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Osthofener Goldberg

Osthofener Goldberg

Miniature castles, church on a hill and Riesling on limestone

Site names with "gold" are beautiful - and frequent. They refer to the esteem in which the site is held. The "Osthofener Goldberg" is a limestone site and brings a cool, salty minerality to the wines. Winegrowers cherish especially Rieslings from this vineyard like a treasure. But also Chardonnay and other varieties. A chapel was built on the mountain as early as the Middle Ages, in the 6th century. It was dedicated to Saint Remigius, Bishop of Reims. The parish basilica was built in the 11th century. Even today, the mountain church is enthroned up there. In the center of the site: the "White Cottage", built in the second half of the 19th century, just as well as a table of wine. 

> On the regional history of Osthofen: https://www.regionalgeschichte.net/index.php?id=3463 
> Osthofen has numerous vineyard cottages from the 19th century, built by wealthy winegrowers' families in the style of the Gründerzeit. Besides the "White Cottage" there is the "Red Cottage", the "Blümel Cottage" and the most beautiful among them: the Leckzapfen. See the location Osthofener Leckzapfen. 
> Hike (2.5 h / 8.3 km) to the miniature castles: https://www.osthofen.de/osthofen-erleben/aktiv-natur/wandern/miniaturburgen-im-wonnegau 

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