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15 Nov 2011

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 98): Nik Weis, St Urbans-Hof

Debra holds court with the “Riesling King” Nik Wies of St Urbans-hof Winery in Mosel Valley, Germany, and gets nosey about the nose on Nik’s wines. Nik offers his take on the essence of his job as a wine maker: the ultimate flavor and aroma collector, which he explains is a multi-layered process that begins with the basic vegetation process and adds “layers” right through the processes in the winery and beyond.

They discuss the indispensible balancing function that slate plays in making Riesling in Germany’s Mosel Valley, and Nik tells Debra about their Ockfener Bockstein site, located in the Saar Valley, and why it is a super special spot for growing grapes for wine. Nik concludes with some comments on Riesling and globalisation, as well as his prediction for the future of Mosel.

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