Nicolaus Weis built the first cellar and estate building on a hillside near Leiwen in 1947. Thanks to his involvement in state and viticultural politics, he was later awarded the title ‘Oekonomierat’ (economics advisor). His son, Hermann Weis, enlarged the estate and extended its Leiwen holdings to sites in Piesport and on the Saar. Nik Weis,a grandson of the founder, has run the estate since 1998. He strives to produce wines that truly reflect the individual character of their sites. All grapes, including those from the Saar vineyards, are pressed in Leiwen; the wines are fermented in stainless steel and aged in traditional, 1,000-liter oak Fuder casks.
Vineyard Size and Grape Varieties:
Ninety percent of the estate’s 32 ha (86.5 acres) are planted with Riesling.
Leiwener Laurentiuslay and Piesporter Goldtröpfchen on the Mosel; Ockfener Bockstein on the Saar.
The vineyards are cultivated with great care and yields are kept low, resulting in powerful, aromatic Riesling wines. The wines range in style from dry to the traditional style with natural fruity sweetness. All wines reflect the typical character of their specific site.
Sales are about equally distributed among the trade, export and restaurateurs; a small portion is sold to private customers.
From A-48/A-1, exit Föhren/Leiwen. Cross the Mosel at Thörnich. Leiwen is 4.5 km (3 miles) downstream, toward Bernkastel. Take the first exit to Leiwen,turn left on Schulstrasse and follow it uphill to St.Urbans-Hof.