Mainzer Straße 45
Johannes und Matthias Müller
88% Riesling, 6% Grauburgunder, 3% Weißburgunder, 3% Spätburgunder
VDP: What is so special about your winery?
Matthias Müller: The contemporary wine shop and tasting room in Spay am Mittelrhein - in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley is quite special. In addition to bespoke wine tastings, a variety of events in and around the winery await visitors.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Matthias Müller: We don’t confuse tradition, continuity and being down-to-earth with being old fashioned, backward or producing outdated wines. On the contrary: we associate these values with progress, further development and the future!
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Matthias Müller: We focus on Rieslings from steep slopes, which exhibit good balance between lively acidity and delicate sweetness.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Matthias Müller: Our Rieslings from old vineyards. Our series of VDP.ORTSWEIN from “Alte Reben” shows the typical complexity and minerality of the wines from Bopparder Hamm.
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Matthias Müller: That's hard to say. Every year brings unique wines full of character. Of course, Riesling Auslese and Riesling Beerenauslese are wines with a residual sweetness that continue to bring great pleasure for many years.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Matthias Müller: Not a particular one. When I was a young winemaker, it was colleagues like Helmut Dönnhoff and Horst Sauer. They produce wines with outstanding continuity that are admirable.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Matthias Müller: Certainly, a cautious generation change; in other words, handing over the business gradually to my children Johannes, Anika and Christoph and thus ensure our winery a secure future.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Matthias Müller: For me, tradition includes the cultivation of Riesling. We will continue to increase its share over the next few years. There are innovations in marketing through the construction of the wine shop and tasting room or also through the next generation, which implements its new findings in the vineyard.
VDP: What would you compare to making wine?
Matthias Müller: Every wine is individual, like a child. The care and development, the character and strengths of a “cellar child” are somehow comparable to a human. From the vine to the bottling, there are needs, fears and joy until the wine is finished.
VDP: Why should people visit your winery?
Matthias Müller: Our region is highly attractive. The romantic Rhine Valley is always worth a visit. Many events around wine are offered by the wineries of our region. Not to forget are also the many musical events in the area.