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Former civil engineer turned Moselle Riesling winemaker in... Luxembourg???
When you think of the great European wine countries, Luxembourg isn’t normally the first name that springs to mind. But with a winemaking history that dates back to Roman times and 26 miles of hillside vineyards on the banks of the Moselle river, across from Germany’s most famous wine region, Luxembourg is capable of producing truly world-class wines.
Just like the German side of the Mosel, the king of Luxembourg wines is Riesling. It’s a grape that runs in the blood of winemaker Stephan Weber, who grew up in one of the most iconic Riesling towns in Germany, Wiltingen an der Saar.
Before becoming a winemaker, Stephan actually studied to become a civil engineer, but the call to his roots was too strong to resist. After honing his craft at renowned wineries in Germany and Austria, he settled down in Luxembourg and now devotes himself to making fine, age-worthy Rieslings. His dream is to one day make a wine that will age so gracefully, it could still be enjoyed by his great-grandchildren in the future.
Stephan Weber's Story
Growing up in one of the most well-known Riesling towns, Wiltingen an der Saar, I had a connection to viticulture from an early age. Nevertheless, it took a long time before I decided to devote myself to viticulture while studying civil engineering. This was followed by studying international wine business in Geisenheim and internships in renowned German and Austrian wineries.
For me, winemaking means accompanying the product from the first to the last step, setting the focus in the vineyard and maintaining the quality in the cellar. Giving the wine a signature without pressing it into templates, as well as the versatility and the changing seasonal challenges make the job extremely exciting. A formative experience was the tasting of an 85 year old incredibly good wine. I found the idea of producing a wine that my great-grandchildren could enjoy very charming and motivating.
I've been making wine since 2006 and the thing I love most about it is the versatility. Be it in the vineyard, in the cellar or in contact with customers and wine lovers (wine drinkers are usually very sociable and exciting personalities with whom you can experience great moments.... it never gets boring. Dealing with the challenges of vintage differences, balancing action and reaction, and working out the differences between vintages and locations.
Low quantity, and a lot of handwork, are the main factors for the quality of our wines. All our Riesling is fermentated spontaneous to let the wines develope its character. I prefer Riesling and Pinot Noir, for me they are the two most beautiful grape varieties that show terroir and radiate elegance and filigree
There are many beautiful and exciting moments on the way from the grape to the wine, it is difficult to name a special moment. An exceptional moment, for example, was the production of a 2018 Trockenbeerenauslese with 240 degrees Oechsle, a wine that in this form, and with an enormous amount of work, can only be produced every few years and will survive for decades.