Thorsten Melsheimer took over the 200 year old family estate in 1994 and immediately began cultivating his vineyards organically. Since 2009 all the vineyard work has been done according to biodynamic principles, receiving its Demeter certification in 2013. 8 of the 11 hectares grow on the steep hill of the Mullay-Hofberg in Reil, a renowned winemaking village in the Mosel. The weathered slate and quartzite soils of the Mullay-Hofberg hillside have been home to vines since the 12th century. This undulating vineyard sits below a forest and plateau - helping the plants retain water and preventing excessive vine stress even in the hottest vintages.
Thorsten’s vines grow in some of the least accessible and most vertiginous parcels of the Mullay-Hofberg. Despite the challenges, Thorsten tirelessly rebuilds old terraces and nurses old vines back to life. The microclimate and terroir guarantee a long ripening period, creating the perfect conditions for Riesling.