C.H. Berres

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling QBA Trocken – 2020

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

Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard in the Mosel.

  • Exposure: South
  • Slope: Extremely steep up to 60º
  • Soil: Rotliegendes (“underlying red”), red clay, with weathered sandstone and weathered slate, low pH
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested October 14, 2020
  • Gentle crush
  • Macerated 12 hours
  • Gentle pressing
  • Cold stabilization for 48 hours
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks
  • Aged on lees in tank at least 4 months
  • Racked and filtered
  • Stored in cellar at 13º C after bottling
Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this dry-style wine out of the Ürziger Würzgarten were harvested at the highest possible ripeness. Aromas of air dried, ripe fruits blended with yellow kiwi and a hint of fresh cut herbs and spices. The palate is very rich, multifaceted and full. A long, powerful, complex finish with intense mineral, almost salty, notes.

Pair with smoked salmon or mackerel, or lighter red meats such as veal or pork.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 13%; Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard in the Mosel; Rotliegendes (“underlying red”) soils of red clay, with weathered sandstone and weathered slate, low pH; extremely steep slopes up to 60º;  hand harvested; gently pressed; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks; aged 4 months on lees in tank.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 6.3 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 7.0 g/l


96 Points

Urziger Würzgarten needs little introduction as one of the Mosel’s top sites. As for Markus Berres, he’s the 21st generation to work in the vineyards of Urzig. The Berres’ parcel contains ungrafted vines that bring the weathered red-slate soils of the spice garden into the glass. Twelve hours of maceration in the cellar extracts some fantastic flavors: Powerful pluots, kumquats, and peaches cross the palate with dense finesse. This is a serious wine that’s accessible enough to drink now and built to cellar for 20 years.

Wine and Spirits, March, 2024