The roots of this winery go back to 1642, but the current winery has existed since 1990. At that time, the winery started under the name Gebrüder Knebel. After sharing an inheritance, the current winery was established in 1990 and was given the name Weingut Knebel. From that time, the winery was run by Reinhard, but sadly he passed away at a young age. Since his son was not yet able to take over the responsibilities, Gernot Kollman took on this task until Matthias Knebel was ready to take over the business. After graduating from the Geisenheim Wine Institute, Matthias returned in 2009 and has been in charge of the estate ever since.
The Knebel vineyards are located around the village of Winningen in the Mosel region in Germany. The Riesling vines are planted on very steep slopes along the Mosel River. Although such steep vineyards are very labour-intensive, they obviously offer a magnificent view! Weingut Knebel stands for the most natural ways of working, both in the cellar and in the vineyard. No finings or pesticides are used. This brings out the purest character of the Riesling. The fermentation takes place partly in stainless steel and partly in old wooden foeders (large barrels). After fermentation, Matthias applies sur lie aging for a few months to give extra body to the wine. Weingut Knebel produces ten different wines, two of which are Grosse Lage (Grand Crus). These are the Uhlen GG and Röttgen GG. These are pure and elegant Riesling wines with fresh acidity and a long aftertaste. Due to their high acidity, these are wines that can age excellently!
Since 2017, Weingut Knebel has been a member of the Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter, or VDP for short. The VDP is a German association of wine producers who strive for the highest quality level. This quality is also endorsed by international wine journalists such as Robert Parker and James Suckling. For example, the 2019 vintage scored 94 points twice!Read more