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Dr. Loosen

The winery "St. Johannishof dr. Loosen "is located in the municipality Bernkastel-Kues in the German growing area Moselle, It has been family-owned for over 200 years, with connections to the well-known winegrower dynasty Prüm gives. Dr. Paul Loosen (1924-2001) held a number of important wine-growing offices. In 1967 he was a founding member of the wine brotherhood Moselle-Saar-Ruwer and held the office of brotherhood chancellor for 25 years. For his achievements in German viticulture he received the Federal Cross of Merit. After many visits to important wineries around the world, the company was taken over in 1988 by Ernst F. Loosen. One of the first measures introduced a rigorous yield restriction.

The vineyards cover 22 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Heaven (Graach) Lay (Bernkastel) prelate and podium (Earth), sundial (Wehlen), as well Würzgarten (Ürzig). They are 98% Riesling planted, with 98% of them ungrafted grown on average 60 years, some of them even over 100 years old. The small remainder is Pinot Blanc. The management follows the principles of a sustainable. noninvasive (minimalist) viticulture with organic only fertilization or waiving chemical fertilizer. Harvesting takes place selectively in many manual readings. The legally prescribed Oechslegrade are exceeded at all predicate levels. Only the Great locations get a layer designation, all others are marketed as Gutsweine.

Depending on the degree of ripeness is in the predicate wines without Botrytis into the three quality classes cabinet (normal ripened grapes), late vintage (higher degree of maturity) and choice (selected, partially botrytis infected grapes). The botrytis Grapes are meticulously selected and of these the three quality grades Auslese-Goldkapsel (highly ripe grapes), Beerenauslese (about half shrunken grapes) and only Trockenbeerenauslese (from rosinated grapes) produced. In weather-appropriate years will also Eiswein vinified. The winery has been a member of the VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). For the annual VDP auction regularly two wines are contributed, these are the Rieslings "Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese gold capsule" (from the oldest vines) and "Erdener prelate Auslese Lange Goldkapsel". Every year around 180,000 bottles of wine are produced, which are sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

In 1996, the Palatine winery JL Wolf was acquired, which today under Villa Wolf operates. Together with the winemaker Jay Christopher Somers is since 2010 in Newberg at Portland in the US state Oregon the winery J. Christopher 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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