The winery "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 economist Nicolaus Weis (1905-1971) and after the saint urbane (Pope Urban I.), the patron saint of winegrowers named. Nicolaus Weis founded one at the same time nursery, The company was taken over by son Hermann Weis in the 1960s. This was followed in the early 1970s Canada and planted there on a designated as St. Urban Vineyard large area Riesling vines. Later it came out of the winery Vineland Estates. The operation is now run by Nik (olaus) Weis in the third generation of the family. This learned among other things in the USA and on Vineland Estates in Canada the winemaking trade, joined in 1997 after graduation in Geisenheim in the parental enterprise and carried out with the father some quality improvement measures. For the cellar, Kai Hausen and Rudi Hoffmann are responsible for the Hermann Jostock vineyards. The claim to vinify high-quality wines with an independent profile and Mosel character is clearly defined in a 10-point philosophy. For the complex development process, the winery's own term "wine Genesis" was created.
The vineyards cover 45 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Bockstein (Ockfen), Goldtröpfchen (Piesport) Laurentiuslay (Leiwen), Blattenberg in cadastral location Layet (Mehring), Saarfeilser Marienberg (Schoden) and Schlangengraben (Wiltingen). They are exclusive to the variety Riesling planted in traditional Single pile education be cultivated with a planting density of 7,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. The environmentally sound and sustainable Farming of the vineyards, as well as the production and sale of wines is carried out according to the certified rules of the association Fair'n Green, These include, among others fertilization with exclusively barn dung and other organic humus and complete abandonment herbicides, High value is intense foliage care with the aim of providing good light for the grapes. The grapes from the "Grand Cru layers" Bockstein, Goldtröpfchen, Layet, Laurentiuslay and Saarfeilser are called Big plants and Prädikatsweine, those from the other locations marketed as Ortsweine.
After a brief squeezing, the grapes rest for a while before the pressing process begins to fully digest the aromas and minerals and add them to the musts. The fermentation takes place in principle spontaneous without the use of pure yeasts. The expansion of the wines is then carried out by several months of storage on the mainly in the woodfiber with 1,000 liters volume, but also partly in the stainless steel tank, Then they are bottled in the dark flail bottle with the typical black and gold St. Urbans-Hof label. A white one label represents dry to maximum tart, a black label fruit- to Wines. The premium wines include WILTINGER Alte Reben, BOCKSTEIN Kabinett and LAURENTIUSLAY Großes Gewächs. The winery is a member of VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).
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