C.H. Berres

Estate Riesling Old Vines Mosel – 2018

Region: Germany - Mosel

C.H. Berres

The Berres family has resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, took the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage. Markus worked to effect one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history. Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate’s great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance. Carl Hubert’s grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig’s famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden’s Treppchen. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres looks enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards in Wehlener Klosterberg, Erden and Kinheim, near Ürzig.

  • Altitude: 250 – 310 meters
  • Exposures: South – Southwest
  • Soils: Multicolored slate on steep slopes with good water supply
  • Total Vineyard Area: 3.5 Ha
  • Wehlener vineyard planted in 1930s
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented 3 – 4 weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 4 months on lees in tank
Winemaker's Notes

This handmade Riesling combines the richness of the over 90 year old Wehlener Klosterberg vineyard with the extract of Kinheimer Hubertuslay and the complexity of Erdener Herrenberg sites. Stone fruit and white flowers balanced with juicy acidity.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 11.5%; estate vineyards on steep slate slopes along the Mosel near Ürzig; some vines over 90 years; hand harvested; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks; aged 4 months on lees in tank.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 11.5%