The grapes for the dry Mosel Riesling come from vineyards which are located right around the winery buildings. They were still under construction when Nicolaus Weis planted the first vines next to them during the years from 1949 to 1953. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, this wine delivers a beautiful, refined acidity and aromas of fresh fruit and dried spices. The alluvial soils on which the vines grow lend the Mosel Riesling its lively and light character and refined structure.
Founded in 1947, Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof has become one of the most important and classic wineries in the Mosel region. Since 2000, the Riesling winery is member of Germany’s renowned VDP (Association of German Quality Wine Estates). The approximately 45 hectares of vineyards stretch for around 60 km along the Mosel and Saar rivers and are cultivated in a traditional manner in harmony with nature. Five of the prestigious individual crus, in which world-class Rieslings grow, are classified as Wines from great Sites (VDP.Grosse Lage). The wines are fermented exclusively with indigenous yeasts.
In the 1960s his son, Hermann, assumed management of all operations. During Hermann’s tenure the nursery expanded to become one of Germany’s largest. He established himself as a world-recognized vine breeder, especially noted for his work with Riesling. At the beginning of the 1970s he pioneered the use of this noble variety in Canada greatly contributing to the introduction of vitis vinifera into this country still new to quality winemaking. He planted the first large parcel of Riesling vines in the Niagara Peninsula under the title of St. Urban Vineyard, later to become Vineland Estates Winery.
Pairs well with grilled sea bream with fresh herbs and salad, veal dishes and seafood pasta.