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Fritz Hasselbach was born in Mainz, which is the capital of the wine growing region of the Rheinhessen in 1946. After high school, he decided to work in vineyards in the Rheingau- Baden regions in Germany. During his studies he also did an internship in France and spent time in the USA and other European wine regions. The experiences on winemaking he could get during his stays in different wine areas, convinced him to study wine making at university at Geisenheim. He graduated with a diploma of a winemaker.
In order to obtain more experience in winemaking and to consolidate his studies, he worked in different vineyards in Germany and Europe. From 1970 until 1980 he worked as an advisor and teacher for viniculture. In 1979 he did his first vintage at the Gunderloch wine estate in Nackenheim, which is owned by his wife Agnes. During the following years he tried to find out what the secret of the red slate terroir in the Gunderloch vineyards is - this took him almost 10 years. Now he was able to throw the textbooks of winemaking into the trash can and so he began to transfer of the steep red slate vineyards into the wines.