Born on the Ruwer in Grünhaus-Mertesdorf and schooled in Trier at Bischöfliche Konvikt (estate) and viticultural/ vinicultural school, Bernward Keiper is one of the most experienced and celebrated winemakers of the region, if not in all of Germany. Since 1965, Bernward has been the winemaker at the famous Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, and since 1973, the chief cellarmaster.
His aim has always been to tickle out the beautiful fruitiness, transparency, subtly and elegance of Riesling grapes to achieve the perfection that earns the title "Queen of White Wines."
Bernward's philosophy is to move, refine or filter the Riesling as little as possible during the maturation process, in order to maintain the beautiful fruit of the grape.
He always states: "A cellar that smells of wine—beware, as it shows the wines have been pumped too much so that the aroma is in the cellar and not in the wine anymore."
Leaving the wines longer on the lees (yeasts) has proven to support the beautiful fruit aroma that is so characteristic for Riesling, and that is also one of the reasons for its incredible aging potential. Riesling improves with age in quality and value.