Donatus Prinz von Hessen is a very engaging and down-to-earth guy. He is, in fact, genuinely a royal (436th in line to the British throne), and his wines are great! Donatus took charge of the family estate in 2005 and turned its fortunes around - they decided to change everything and got rid of 30% of the vineyards.
The estate is located on a wide sweep of south-facing vineyards on the Rhine. It has holdings in some of the best vineyards in the Rheingau and 20 of the 30ha of vines are planted on first growth sites.
The vineyards are protected from the north by the Taunus hills and warmed by the sun to the south. It is the very heart of fine German wine production, with the ancient Schloss Johannisberg (where Riesling was first planted in 1720) located just behind one of PVH’s vineyards.