Friday, September 16, 2016
Tasting at Weingut Matthias Müller in Spay, Mittelrhein, with Johannes and Matthias Müller - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours
Our visit coincided with Weingut Matthias Müller’s annual presentation of the new vintage. We arrived early and were welcomed by Johannes Müller, who gave us a short introduction.
For more than 300 years the Müller family has cultivated vines in the steep vineyards of the famous Bopparder Hamm. The winery currently has 42 acres under vine and 95% is planted with Riesling. Riesling flows through the veins of Matthias Müller. His familiarity with the innate characteristics of his vineyard sites lets him imagine a wine’s possible potential and he follows his instincts during production. His first-class Rieslings are racy, fruit-driven, and very lively. Son Johannes finished his oenology studies at the University of Geisenheim and slowly the torch is passed to the next generation. Johannes already set his mark in 2013 by planting Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grapes.
In the US, the wines of Weingut Matthias Müller are imported by Traubenhaus, a relatively new, Texas-based importer/ distributor/ retailer of German wine. The two key-persons in the company are Germany-based Paul Steinbach and Texas-based Justin Bryan. They met a few years ago in Germany, when Justin was working in Germany, and decided to create a German wine import company in Texas. The company has an interesting and expanding portfolio.
Weingut Matthias Müller (Traubenhaus)
Weingut Matthias Müller is in Spay in the Mittelrhein Region. The Müller family has been farming, including making wine, for 300 years. The concentration on wine happened under Heinrich Müller, the grandfather of Johannes Müller. Today, Weingut Matthias Müller is managed by Matthias Müller and his wife Marianne Müller, with Johannes Müller, who just graduated from Geisenheim University.
The vineyard area totals 18.5 hectares, all in the Bopparder Hamm, with the single vineyards Engelstein, Feuerlay, Mandelstein and Ohlenberg. This compares to 2 hectares when his grandfather took over and 4 hectares, when his father took over.
The Müllers mostly grow Riesling, with a bit of Grauburgunder and Spätburgunder (which however is fermented white). Two thirds of the production of around 150.000 per year is sold at the winery to private customers.
Since 2007, Weingut Matthias Müller has been a member of the VDP, the association of about 200 German elite winemakers.
Traubenhaus: The family of the winery (“weingut”) Matthias Müller has worked the Bopparder Hamm vineyards of the Mittelrhein region for over 300 years. The Bopparder Hamm vineyards are steep slate tracts in the Mittelrhein classified with the highest possible rank of “grand.” Weingut Matthias Müller cultivates its vineyards according to stringent guidelines which require intensive hand work and selective harvesting to produce their Riesling which comprises 92% of Matthias Müller’s total plantings. Weingut Matthias Müller is a member of the exclusive VDP and has earned international recognition through the years including recently when awarded Gault & Millau’s highest honor, “Winery of the Year 2012.”
Weingut Matthias Müller sits amidst beautiful and romantic stretches that are some of the most magnificent in the world. The entire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by hills and the wide Rhein River where castles spring from behind every bend of the winding Rhein. Weingut Matthias Müller is an icon in the Mittelrhein region and considered by many, including Gault & Millau, to be the very finest in the Mittelrhein, (best producer in Mittelrhein, Gault & Millau 2013).
At Weingut Matthias Müller, Mittelrhein, with Traubenhaus, their US-Importer, Germany
German Wine and Food in Texas: A German Wine and Food Dinner in Austin with Justin Bryan, Traubenhaus, USA/ Germany
Thanks for a great tasting.
Following the tasting at Weingut Matthias Müller, we drove to the Bopparder Hamm and enjoyed the great weather and views.
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