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Cool story about Maximin Grunhaus . In 1923, when the legendary 1921 vintage was put to auction in Trier, the top Grünhaus wine, a Fuder cask (1000 litres) of Herrenberg Trockenbeerenauslese, reached the astonishing price of 100,000 Goldmarks, setting a record that remains unbroken to this day, representing around 2.5 million euros in today’s money. The lucky customer for this great wine was the New York Waldorf Astoria hotel. The auctioneer shattered his hammer in joy, the whole room rose for a standing ovation and the song ‘Oh Mosella’ rang out. Lieutenant-General von Schubert then donated a valuable new ivory auction hammer, which is still in use at the Trier wine auctions. . More about the estate: . In 1882 Carl Ferdinand Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg bought the Grünhaus estate which consisted of vineyards, a farm, and extensive woodland. Investing heavily, he transformed it into one of the most modern of its time. A turbine in the Ruwer provided electricity to power countless machines, including the hydraulic presses in the cuverie. Small locomotives ran on the vineyard roads, and a cable car transported equipment around the vineyard. . The von Stumm’s only son died early, so their daughter Ida received the estate as her dowry on the day of her wedding to Conrad von Schubert, later to be a lieutenant general. With the change of name at the end of the nineteenth century, the label changed too. Until today the unmistakeable art nouveau label has been used for all Rieslings from the estate. On the left, next to a view of Grünhaus and pretty vine motifs, is a golden oval frame bearing the coat of arms of the von Schuberts, flanked by two cherubs. The animal in the coat of arms is a snorting steamhorse with a sword between its front hooves. This refers to the achievements of Conrad von Schubert, who founded the first railway engineer regiment, and was ennobled by the German emperor. On the coat of arms a miner’s lamp and a cog can also be seen, in recognition of the Stumm family mines and steelworks in the Saarland. . Dr. Carl von Schubert comes from the fifth generation of the family. His doctoral thesis examined the economy of viticulture on steep slopes.

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