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Dr. Loosen

The St. Johannishof Dr. Loosen ”lies in the municipality Bernkastel-Kues in the German growing region Moselle, It has been family-owned for over 200 years, with ties to the well-known winemaking dynasty Prüm gives. Dr. Paul Loosen (1924-2001) held a number of important winegrowing offices. In 1967 he was a founding member of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wine Brotherhood and had served as Brotherhood Chancellor for 25 years. He received the Federal Cross of Merit for his achievements in German viticulture. After many visits to important wineries around the world, the business was taken over by Ernst F. Loosen in 1988. As one of the first measures, a strict yield limitation was introduced.

The vineyards cover 22 hectares of vineyards in individual locations Heaven (Graach) Lay (Bernkastel) prelate and podium (Earth), sundial (Wehlen), as well Würzgarten (Ürzig). 98% of them are planted with Riesling, 98% of them ungrafted are cultivated and on average 60 years, some of which are even over 100 years old. The small rest are Pinot Blanc. Management is based on the principles of one sustainable. noninvasive (Minimalist) viticulture with exclusively organic fertilization or no chemical fertilizer. The grapes are picked selectively in many manual reading processes. The legally required Oechsle degrees are exceeded at all grade levels. Only that Big locations receive a location description, all others are marketed as estate wines.

Depending on the degree of maturity, the Botrytis in the three quality classes cabinet (normally ripened grapes), late vintage (higher degree of maturity) and choice (selected, partially botrytis-infested grapes). The botrytis Grapes are selected meticulously and the three quality classes selection gold capsule (highly ripe grapes), Beerenauslese (grapes shrunk by half) and only Trockenbeerenauslese (from raisin grapes). In weather-appropriate years, too Eiswein vinified. The winery has been a member of VDP (Association of German quality wine estates). Two wines are regularly contributed to the annual VDP auction, these are the Rieslings "Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Goldkapsel" (from the oldest vines) and "Erdener Prälat Auslese Lange Goldkapsel". Around 180,000 bottles of wine are produced annually, which are sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

In 1996 the Palatinate winery JL Wolf was taken over, which is now under Villa Wolf operates. Winemaker Jay Christopher Somers has been working in Newberg near Portland in the US state since 2010 Oregon the J. Christopher winery operated. With the winery Château Ste Michelle in the US state Washington there is a joint venture where only Riesling wines are produced.

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