Bernward Keiper



Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

49º53'N 6º55'E

Home to vineyards among the world's steepest, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is celebrated for making the worlds most intense and intriguing Riesling. Grapes have been grown here since Roman times, and wine has always been part of the local culture. Named for the winding Mosel River and its tributaries, Saar and Ruwer, the region runs along the river's path from Koblenz to the Luxembourg border. In this cold region with limited hours of sunlight, the vineyards are planted only on the south-facing slopes where the sun exposure is best.

2004 Palatina
Bottle: 750ml

The slate soils retain and reflect heat serving as an important additional energy source that allows the grapes to reach full maturity. The slate also adds interesting mineral and stone characters that combine with the grape's intense fruit and natural acidity to create refreshing and wines that are full of flavor and low in alcohol. The estates are typically small, and the best wines come from the Mittelmosel in the middle of the river where the wines show a pronounced and tangy minerality.