The St. Urbans-Hof Oekonomierat Nic. Weis ”is located in the municipality of Leiwen (Bernkastel area) in the German wine-growing region Moselle, It was founded in 1947 by Nicolaus Weis (1905-1971) and after the saint urbane (Pope Urban I.), the patron saint of winegrowers. Nicolaus Weis founded one at the same time nursery, The business was taken over by son Hermann Weis in the 1960s. This followed in the early 1970s Canada and planted Riesling vines on a large area called St. Urban Vineyard. It later became the Vineland Estates winery. The company is now run by the third family generation of Nik (olaus) Weis. This learned in the United States and on Vineland Estates in Canada the vintner trade, entered in 1997 after graduation Geisenheim into the family business and carried out some quality-improving measures with the father. Kai Hausen and Rudi Hoffmann are responsible for the cellar and Hermann Jostock for the vineyards. The claim to vinify the highest quality wines with their own profile and Moselle character is clearly defined in a 10-point philosophy. The winery's own term “wine genesis” was created for the complex development process.
The vineyards cover 45 hectares of vineyards in individual locations Bockstein (Ockfen), Goldtröpfchen (Piesport) Laurentiuslay (Leiwen), Blattenberg in cadastral location Layet (Mehring), Saarfeilser Marienberg (Schoden) and Schlangengraben (Wiltingen). They are only with the variety Riesling planted in traditional Single pile education can be cultivated with a planting density of 7,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. The environmentally friendly and sustainable Management of the vineyards, as well as the production and sales of the wines takes place according to the certified rules of the association Fair'n Green, These include, among others fertilization with only manure and other organic humus and completely renounce herbicides, Great emphasis is placed on intensive foliage care with the aim of providing good light for the grapes. The grapes from the "Grand Cru locations" Bockstein, Goldtröpfchen, Layet, Laurentiuslay and Saarfeilser are considered Big plants and Prädikatsweine, those from the other locations are marketed as local wines.
After a short squeeze, the grapes rest for a while before the pressing process begins to fully unlock the aromas and minerals and to introduce them into the musts. The fermentation takes place in principle spontaneous without the use of pure breeding yeast. The wines are then aged for several months on the mainly in wood powder with a volume of 1,000 liters, but also partly in stainless steel tank, Then they are filled into the dark Schlegel bottle with the typical, black and gold St. Urbans-Hof label. A white one label represents dry up to maximum tart, a black label fruit- to Wines. The company's premium wines include WILTINGER Alte Reben, BOCKSTEIN Kabinett and LAURENTIUSLAY Großes Gewächs. The winery is a member of VDP (Association of German quality wine estates).
Picture: Credits Peter Kunz