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Beate & Matthias Knebel
Beate & Matthias
98% Riesling, 2% Weißburgunder
VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Matthias Knebel: Our terraced landscape literally stands out from other regions. The handcraft in this unique cultural landscape is what makes our winery special.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Matthias Knebel: Respect for a traditional grape variety that transports the influences of its location like no other: Riesling. Respect for a wine culture that has melded the slate, the steep slope, the river landscape and the grape variety into a single entity in a centuries-long process. And respect for a nature-culture process that has developed a culture of diversity in style, weight and taste beyond the differentiation of the individual vineyards, unimaginable in any other wine-growing region in the world.
We see ourselves as companions of our wines, a companion with an idea, a goal, a style concept. But we would also like to be able to allow peculiarities, corners and edges. We want to allow every vineyard site, every plot, every vintage and every barrel its own character. We want to observe wine’s natural development. That means accepting the given basic material and not make a generous vintage leaner, not make a light one heavier. We feel obliged to the idea of natural wine. Taking our time and leaving space for natural processes are the most important basic maxims of our winemaking. We do not use cultivated yeast, fining agents, deacidification or Süssreserve. We allow time for slow fermentation and long maturation on the lees. Fortunately, we can rely on a large stock of old vines, some of which are ungrafted, which combine with the best steep slate slopes to yield a highly differentiated variety of aromas: deep Mosel Rieslings with fine elegance and powerful expression.
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Matthias Knebel: First and foremost, we want to produce Rieslings with strong character that clearly express their origin. Elegance is the most important attribute to us.