S. A. Prüm
Saskia A. Prüm
Miguel Barroso Viegas Louro
VDP:What is so special about your winery?
Saskia Prüm: The history of the Prüm family goes back to the 12th century. My great-grandfather founded today’s Weingut S. A. Prüm from his inheritance in 1911. Our family has a very special relationship to the world-famous VDP.GROSSE LAGE® SONNENUHR in Wehlen. The sundial was built in 1842 by one of our ancestors, Jodocus Prüm, and is still owned by the family today.
VDP: What is your winery philosophy?
Saskia Prüm: We want our wine connoisseurs to be able to taste the vineyard site and soil. Every glass of wine reflects the character of the vineyard – and of course there is Riesling in every glass!
VDP: For what wine style do you strive?
Saskia Prüm: We are lovers of dry wines. For decades, the Mosel was known only for its semi-sweet wines, but we want to show that excellent dry Rieslings also grow here. That doesn't mean that we neglect the semi-sweet and noble sweet specialties.
VDP: Which of your wines would you recommend to someone who does not yet know your winery – as an introduction, so to speak?
Saskia Prüm: PRÜM BLUE Riesling dry VDP.GUTSWEIN. This wine demonstrates perfectly how important slate is for the character of our wines. Grown on blue slate, the wine exhibits great minerality, which is highlighted by subtle saltiness. You can literally taste the slate!
VDP: Of which wine are you particularly proud?
Saskia Prüm: VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® SONNENUHR, Wehlen Riesling. This GG comes from our oldest vineyard with old ungrafted vines dating back to 1905. This vineyard, planted by my great-grandfather and founder of the wine estate, has already experienced so many things and is sure to tell many stories. The extraordinary quality that these vines achieve every year, confirms the incredible potential of this vineyard site.
VDP: Why did you become a vintner?
Saskia Prüm: When you grow up on a wine estate, the love of wine is laid in your cradle. One could say, instead of mother’s milk, we have Riesling here in the Mosel! Despite this, at the age of 15 or 16, whatever your parents do usually appears to be the most boring thing in the world... Since my parents never forced it on me, the desire to become a winemaker grew naturally during my high school graduation year. Today I see winemaking as one of the most versatile professions there is. One can experience the seasons intimately and spends a lot of time in nature. You become ‘grounded’. On the other hand, one has a lot to do with people and gets to know other cultures while travelling the world in the name of Riesling.
VDP: Do you have role models?
Saskia Prüm: One of my role models, of course, is my father. What he achieved when he had to take over the winery at the age of 21 is indescribable and deserves the greatest recognition.
VDP: What are your next goals?
Saskia Prüm: We want to concentrate even more on the production of dry wines. This is where we see the future, also in export.
VDP: How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Saskia Prüm: Our roots are very important to us; we don’t want to deny that we are a traditional winery with a long history. To remember tradition and yet always look to the future is therefore the golden way. We invested in a new wooden barrel cellar in 2017, the traditional Fuder barrels simply belong to the Mosel. This is where our VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS® wines can mature in peace after spontaneous fermentation.