Our family first settled in Traisen in 1576. The old estate buildings, which are still the heart of the Dr. Crusius winery today, were built in 1888. In the 1950s, Hans Crusius transformed what was then a mixed agricultural and winegrowing operation into a wine estate covering 7.5 ha. Today it has grown to 21 ha and is one of Germany’s top wine estates.
Dr. Peter Crusius, the son of Hans Crusius, is the present owner and has planted the estate predominantly with Riesling (60%), some white Burgundy varieties (30%) and several varieties of red wine (Pinot noir précoce and Pinot noir 10%). Two thirds of the vineyard area is classified as VDP.GROSSE LAGE® and VDP.ERSTE LAGE®. These top vineyard sites include the spectacular “Traiser Bastei” and the very steep “Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg”.
Dr. Peter Crusius and his wife Birgitta Crusius put their long years of experience and solid training into the maturation of the wines and the production and marketing of around 120,000 bottles per year. Our two daughters are now bringing their own, fresh perspective to the family business: Judith Crusius is mainly involved in the marketing and export side of things, whilst Rebecca, who is currently studying enology at Geisenheim University, helps out in the cellar and the vineyards whenever her timetable permits.
Year in, year out, we remain committed to our common goal of crafting wines that reflect their origins and delight the senses.