Weingut Maximin Grünhaus was unanimously approved at the most recent meeting of the VDP.Mosel-Saar-Ruwer to become the 31st VDP Member of the Grossen Ring VDP.Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.
First mentioned in official documents in 966, Maximin Grünhaus has been family owned since 1882. Dr. Carl von Schubert and his son Maximin von Schubert are the 5th and 6th generations respectively to operate the estate, and manage the top quality vineyards in the Ruwer Valley: Abtsberg, Herrenberg and Bruderberg. The trio of slate soil, nurturing climate and ideal topography, combined with a viticultural style in harmony with nature and gentle vinification practices, produces rich, complex, and long-lived wines revered by aficionados around the world.
Grünhaus cultivates only the traditional varieties, with Riesling dominating up to 90% of the vineyard. The estate pays tribute to all facets of this queen of white wine grapes with a full range of wines from dry and spicy to feinherb to the finest noble sweet classifications. Over the past decade Weißburgunder and Spätburgunder have once again been given space in the Grünhäuser vineyards. Interestingly, those varieties were actually a fixed component in the estate's portfolio back in the 18th and 19th centuries.
"We've long viewed Maximin Grünhaus as a highly attractive potential candidate and we're quite honored to count this tradition-rich estate on the Ruwer once again in our ranks," says Egon Müller, Chairman of the VDP.Mosel.
The relationship between Maximin Grünhaus and the VDP.Mosel has born plentiful fruit in the past as well. Records show that at the 1923 wine auction by the Grosser Ring VDNV (Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer, as the VDP was once known) in Trier a Fuder barrel (1,000 L) of 1921 Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Trockenbeerenauslese earned 100,000 Goldmark – a price unsurpassed even today!
"The unanimous vote for Maximin Grünhaus sounds a tremendous note of welcome to the VDP and reaffirms our efforts to promote top quality. We are old friends with a great many members of the VDP, and have always enjoyed a collegial relationship with others. We look forward to establishing a strong and successful partnership with the VDP and its members in order to better promote top German wines at the national and international level!" reported Dr. Carl von Schubert and Maximin von Schubert following the unanimous vote.
The process for inviting new members into the VDP is a difficult one, with strict inspections to ensure a consistent high quality in both the estates and the wines they produce. Since the introduction of the VDP operational audits in 1991, 125 new members have been adopted and 86 members have departed.