The first documented mention of the small wine village of Eitelsbach – then called Iselsbach – dates from 1223.The evolution of the name, Iselsbach - Eiselsbach - Eitelsbach, alludes to the high mineral content of the soil, particularly iron, which is still abundant in the springs of the estate today. Karthäuserhof takes its name from the Carthusian monks who received the estate in 1335 as a gift from Prince Elector Balduin of Luxembourg. In the aftermath of secularization, the estate was purchased
in 1811 by the Rautenstrauch family and has remained in the family ever since, operated today by Christoph Tyrell, a sixth-generation heir of Hans-Wilhelm Rautenstrauch.
Vineyard Size and Grape Varieties:
Riesling is cultivated on 18.2 ha (45 acres) and there are 0.8 ha (2 acres) of Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc). Vineyard Sites: Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg (sole ownership).
The Wines :
Mineral fertilizers have been reduced to a minimum and organic matter has been added to the soil to increase its humus content. As a result, wines of greater substance and extract can be produced, which in turn helps buffer Ruwer wines’ racy acidity. Careful cellar handling and the use of both wooden casks and stainless steel help retain a pronounced
fruity acidity and yield racy Riesling wines with great aging potential.
Private customers accounts for ca. 60% of sales, followed by the specialty trade and restaurateurs. About 10% of the wines are exported.
From the traffic circle north of Trier, continue north to the town of Ruwer. After two railway crossings, turn right toward Eitelsbach. At the village fountain, turn left to Karthäuserhof. From A-48/A-1, exit Kenn-Ruwer. From B-52,exit Mertesdorf.