Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl
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The Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl is the largest winery estate in Deidesheim in the Palatinate wine region. It produces mainly Riesling wines. The estate is affiliated with the Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter e.V.
The winery was founded by Franz Peter Buhl, a member of parliament in Baden and Bavaria, who inherited the estate in 1848. After his death, his son Franz Armand Buhl inherited the estate. He was a member of the Reichstag and a friend of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. In 1885, he was awarded the title Reichsrat der bayerischen Krone, i.e. he became a member of the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Bavaria, and the title was incorporated in the title of the estate in 1912. Under Buhl, the winery earned an international reputation, and its wines were present at several international congresses and events, including the opening of the Suez canal in 1869.
After Franz Armand Buhl, Eugen Buhl and Franz Eberhard Buhl, both members of parliament in Bavaria, owned the estate. Under Franz Eberhard Buhl, the estate became one of the largest wineries in Germany. With his death in 1921, the Buhl family in the Palatinate became extinct, however. After the death of his widow in 1952, the estate came in the possession of the House of Guttenberg, with Georg Enoch von und zu Guttenberg, Karl Theodor Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg and Enoch zu Guttenberg. Due to economic troubles, Japanese investors leased the estate in 1989, and in 2005, it was sold to businessman Achim Niederberger, who also owns Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan and Weingut Dr. Deinhard.