about ST. URBANS-HOF
The Weis family has owned vineyards for centuries but it was in 1947 that Nicolaus Weis founded St Urbans-Hof. In the early years he built cellars and wineries on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate').
In the 1960s his son, Hermann, assumed management of all operations. During Hermann's tenure the nursery expanded to become one of Germany's largest. He established himself as a world-renown vine breeder, particularly praised for his work with Riesling. At the beginning of the 1970s he pioneered the use of this noble variety in Canada, contributing to the early introduction of Vitis Vinifera into this country. He planted the first large parcel of Riesling vines in the Niagara Peninsula under the title of St. Urban Vineyard, later to become Vineland Estates Winery. In 1989 he purchased some of the Mosel and Saar's top sites in the high-level villages of Piesport, Ockfen, and Wiltingen.
In 1997, Hermann & Ida's son, Nik, joined the winery. Father and son together restructured the vineyard holdings by selling off those of lesser quality and acquiring further parcels of greater quality. 2004 heralded another expansion for the Weis family with Nik's marriage to Daniela who added to the family's holdings with hers of the Mehringer Blattenberg.
Today, Nik and the team grow 33 hectares of Riesling on some of the finest sites of the Middle-Mosel and Saar (its tributary). The cool continental climate and steep slate slopes produce some of the world’s freshest and most age-worthy wines. St. Urbans-Hof belongs to the VDP, the prestigious local growers’ association that self-imposes strict criteria, including dramatically lowered yields, to guarantee wines of the highest quality. These wines are about purity of fruit and terroir, above all.