Our family has made wine for 400 years. Our steep slopes produce Riesling wines of top quality, grown in harmony with Nature, entailing lots of time-consuming manual labor, and it is these values we seek to preserve.
Selbach-Oster cultivates 21 hectares (51 acres) in some of the best steep slopes on the Mosel: 98 percent are planted with Riesling, 2 percent Pinot Blanc. Many of our vineyards are ungrafted, some up to 100 years old, and these venerable vines yield highly aromatic fruit from small, thick-skinned juicy berries. Our focus on quality starts with low yields and meticulous care in each detail of working the vines, entailing an enormous amount of hard physical work – particularly in our steep slopes. This is especially true during harvest when we pick the grapes by hand in multiple passes in our steep slopes.
Wine Cellars os Selbach-Oster
The fermentation, mostly with wild, indigenous yeast, takes place in our cold cellars which help preserve the fine, multifaceted aromas and the crispness of the juice. Half of our wines mature in big, old oak barrels (“Fuder”) that do not add any woody flavor to the wine, but let it breathe and mature. Depending on what Nature gives us, we produce Riesling wines that range from completely dry to the sweetness of dessert wines, from elegant and delicate to rich and complex. No matter what the degrees of dryness or of sweetness, all of our wines exhibit pristine minerality with relatively little alcohol – the paradigm of great Mosel Riesling.
One of Germany’s most spectacular wine growing areas is undoubtedly the Mosel valley. The river meanders in narrow bows through a landscape where Celts and Romans already grew wine 2000 years ago. We live and work in this, the oldest wine region of Germany and in the world's largest area of extremely steep vineyard land. The lay of the land creates a unique macro climate which, together with primeval slate soils, creates wines that are one-of-a-kind. The exceptional Rieslings produced under these circumstances offer elegance, saltiness and a cool minerality, and rank among the greatest white wines in the world.
(Source: Selbach-Oster Germany)