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Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter, Mosel

The Richter family’s goal is to combine progress and tradition in a harmonious way and with a reputation for producing some of the regions’ best Riesling. There is no doubt that they have achieved their goal.

For 300 years, the Richter family has owned and farmed vineyards in the central Mosel area.

Working 40 acres of vines, they are masters of their craft and have consistently produced some of the region's best Rieslings. The sharp 'V' of the Mosel valley cuts through the landscape leaving steep slopes where the vineyards are planted. It offers great potential for wine, but a greater challenge to cultivate and harvest. Using all their accumulated knowledge over the generations, the Richters fastidiously work the land, focusing on small crop sizes, all-natural fertilizers and other sustainable practices to achieve a pristine crop each year. The work in the cellar shows the same attention to detail, with gentle pressing and slow temperature-controlled fermentation in traditional old oak barrels (fuders). This careful, deliberate process preserves the quality of the grapes, develops the unique character of the single-vineyard cuvées, and gives the wine exceptional longevity.

Vintage is later than most growers in the region and all picking is done by hand. The work in the cellar shows the same attention to detail, with traditional winemaking practices allowing the grapes to express their full personality, setting them up for a long life.

Vines are planted on steep sites of grey slate, mineral quartz and some areas of clay. Quality and concentration are increased by extreme pruning and a green harvest in some years. The steep vineyard sites of the Model Valley require meticulous attention and up to three times as many man hours to tend.

Mosel wine doesn't get much better than this!