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|Key people||Friedrich Hasselbach, Agnes Hasselbach-Usinger and Alex Michalsky|
The Gunderloch estate was created by a banker hailing from Mainz in 1890 during the German Gründerzeit. Carl Gunderloch, originating from Gundersheim, acquired the Dalheimer Hof from the secularised property of the Cistercian abbey of Dalheim near Mainz, as well as some outstanding vineyards like the “Nackenheimer Rothenberg” in the “Roter Hang” (Red slope). Following his capital investment he became a protagonist of a new quality oriented viticulture on the Rhinefront. After his death, his winery was divided between his two daughters. Meanwhile Agnes Hasselbach-Usinger works as the fifth generation in the winery. Three children of the sixth generation share the responsibility according to their skills.
The name of the estate owner Gunderloch had become known since 1925 by the comedy „Der fröhliche Weinberg“ written by Carl Zuckmayer. The fashion of the comedy did not amuse Gunderloch and all the other Nackenheim wine producers, because they had been described as pretty bourgeois.
In the cause of the 1970ies Fritz Hasselbach percepted the importance of the international printed wine media as a marketing instrument for estates and their top vineyards. In 1979 Agnes and Fritz Hasselbach decided to invest in their winery and to quit their jobs as a teacher in a private school and in the former Landeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Gartenbau (“federal experimental station for viticulture and horticulture”) in Oppenheim, today: Dienstleistungszentrum Ländlicher Raum. During the years, important networks to leading wine critics like Stuart Pigott were established and maintained.
Regine Usinger, (* 1958), married Usinger-Frank, was German wine queen during 1980/1981.
The estate is exporting its wine to 34 countries.
Vineyards and wine
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- Mario Scheuermann (1986) (in German), Deutsche Spitzenweingüter, Ernst Kabel Verlag, Hamburg