Nik Weis maps the origin of his superb new Mosel Riesling
The village of Leiwen doesn’t traditionally rank as an important source for Mosel Valley wine, but its reputation has grown in leaps and bounds since Nik Weis took charge of his family’s winery, St. Urbans-Hof.
Savvy purchases have seen him acquire prime holdings in top vineyards, like Piesporter Goldtröpfchen and Saarfeilser Marienberg. More recently, he has explored sites close to home in Leiwen, looking to source grapes for a new label he has just introduced to the Ontario market.
The Urban label is a separate entity from the wines Weis produces at St. Urbans-Hof. It was first made in 2006 when he saw demand for his affordable estate Riesling outstrip the potential of his 35 hectares of vineyards.
“I wanted to grow, but I didn't want to grow at any price. I didn’t want St. Urbans-Hof to become a commercial winery,” he said. “I tried to find a way to make more good wine, Mosel wine, available to people for a price that is affordable.”
Weis saw an opportunity to partner with grape growers and a production facility in Mehring, 10 minutes down the Mosel River from his winery. The Riesling is produced to his specifications and bottled as a Nik Weis Selection.
His name, he said, is his guarantee of quality.
“It’s an authentic wine,” Weis said. “It’s not a Riesling that could be grown anywhere else in the world. It’s classic Mosel.”
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