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Joh. Jos. Winery Christoffel Erben
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over 90 years old
Wine cellar from 1177
Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben in Ürzig on the Moselle looks back on a 400 year old tradition. Since the beginning of the 19th century it has had the current name Joh. Jos. Christoffel. In 2000 Hans-Leo Christoffel and his neighbour Robert Eymael (owner of the long-established Mönchhof / Ürzig winery) decided to combine the management of both wineries. From the 2001 vintage, the cellar work right up to bottling and wine sales are also carried out together. However, each winery remains independent and the wines retain their typical winery and location character. Over the years it has been shown that this is a good solution for both wineries, especially since Hans-Leo Christoffel has no heir.
All the vineyards of the Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben are located in the best steep slopes of Ürzig (Ürziger Würzgarten) and Erden (Erdener Treppchen). The mostly root-safe Riesling vines are up to 100 years old. The small yields of these plots are of high quality and the basis of the exquisite wines. In these locations, the work is very complex because they can only be managed by hand. The spontaneously fermented wines are still aged in wooden barrels without the addition of chemical fining agents. Classic Mosel Rieslings in a modern look, fresh and fruity with the aromas of the Moselle slate.
The Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben has been on the list of the 100 best wineries in Germany for many years (magazine DM). Gault & Millau ranks it among the 18 leading companies in Moselle, Saar and Ruwer. For Stuart Pigotts, it is one of the 33 best producers of Riesling wines (book: The Great German Riesling Wines). There are also numerous awards and prizes up to the state honor award.
The oenologist and manager Philippe Conzen today ensures that handed down traditions and the knowledge of modernity are reflected in the wines. Modern Riesling from old terroir!