Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof
Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof: exquisite Riesling wines
Nik Weis – St. Urbans-HofLeiwen, Germany
Having studied viticulture and oenology, Nik Weis has travelled to many countries and gained a thorough understanding of the international wine scene. He has worked in the family business since 1997. "I am what the French call a 'director'," he says of himself. "I have worked out the philosophy of our winery and I make all the important decisions for its implementation. My mission is to produce great and authentic Moselle wines that reflect their origins in flavour. Since 2000, our winery in Germany belongs to the Association of German Prädikat Wineries (VDP). In my own winery, I continuously rely on the combination of centuries-old tradition and innovation for the benefit of wine quality.” The winery now exports its Rieslings to 48 countries.
"The JRE are a confirmation of quality for me and an excellent culinary network. Just like JRE, I pay attention to the highest quality of my ingredients and food in order to achieve maximum enjoyment."
Owner Weingut Nik Weis - St. Urbans-Hof
Slopes on the Moselle & Saar
On the Moselle and Saar, vines grown on clayey slate slopes are partly very old and ungrafted. The slate stores the heat of the day and releases it onto the vines at night. It gives the grapes a mineral, almost salty note, a taste "like the salt rim on the glass of a margarita cocktail," according to Nik Weis. At night, the cold air from the Hunsrück and the Eifel flows into the valley and cools the grapes. This large difference in temperature from day to night is crucial for the development of aromas in Riesling. The winery's approximately 40 hectares of vineyards are scattered along the Moselle and Saar rivers, where they are cultivated in a traditional way. A total of five sites, where world-class Rieslings are grown, are classified as VDP.Grosse Lage sites.
White wine with a distinctive note
Smoky, fruity and slightly salty: the aromas of the wines at Weingut Nik Weis are reminiscent of pepper, clove and nutmeg, orange peel, grapefruit and quince. On offer are dry-tasting and fruity, noble-sweet wines. Gutsriesling for example is one of the dry wines. There is a fine acidity, a spicy and herbaceous aroma, and it's fresh. Due to its well-watered river sediment soils around the winery, it has a fine structure. A second example: the Saarriesling is the fruitier, juicier variant of the Gutsriesling and is light, full of finesse, round and harmonious with a touch of natural residual sweetness. Additionally, Nik Weis presses over 20 different wines a year, with different flavours. Each good drop has its own character despite sharing the same grape variety, cellar, and vintage.