urbanshof-nik1Nikolaus (Nik) Weis is heading the third generation of this family Estate founded by his grandfather Nicolaus Weis in 1947. Hermann, Nik´s father, adopted the established traditions and increased the winery’s acreage further. Today Nik manages the winery with vineyards in the Mosel and Saar Valley, making it one of the largest privately owned family wineries in the Mosel region.

Nik grew up in the winery and has been involved in all aspects of St. Urbans-Hof from an early age. After obtaining a degree in viticulture and enology at Geisenheim, one of the world’s leading schools for winemakers, Nik broadened his experience by working and studying in the Champagne region of France, California, Canada’s Niagara Peninsula and the Nahe region in Germany. As President of the Young Winemakers Association of Leiwen, Nik has been in the forefront of the movement of a new winemaker’s generation. Their aim is to preserve the traditions of regional winemaking and restore the significance of German Estate wines in general. Further, he has established St. Urbans-Hof as a clear leader in innovation and quality.

St. Urbans-Hof maintains the traditional methods of wine growing and winemaking which have been used in the Mosel region for the past 2000 years. Riesling is the only grape variety grown and the terroir of the site is emphasized by intense cultivation of the slate soil and traditional single post trellising system. Low crop, intensive soil work, leaf thinning, accurate trellising, late harvesting and hand picking are elementary steps to ensure that the wine reflects the original character of the land on which it is grown.

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