Freiherr von Schleinitz estate is recognized as one of the top estates in the region. The high quality of the wines is continuously confirmed by awards and medals received in regional and national as well as international competitions. Come visit the estate and let us show you the quality in every glass of wine we make.
The Hähn family has been in the wine business since 1650. In 1892 Peter Hähn moved to Kobern and started a small winery. In 1956 his grandson Karlheinz Hähn expanded the winery by buying the Freiherr von Schleinitz estate and merged the two keeping the von Schleinitz name.
He started to expand the business by being a negociant but developed his vineyards at the same time. Focusing on his own production and quality the negociant part of the business was reduced and eventually eliminated as the estate grew and became recognized for quality.
The winery received more and more attention for its quality and achieved a national award in 1979. At that time Konrad Hähn, the son of Karlheinz and now owner of the estate,
was already involved with the winemaking and is continuing the devotion to quality started by his father. The quality focus of the winery was confirmed by two additional national awards in 1995 and 2001. Weingut Freiherr von Schleinitz is certainly regarded as a leading winery in the area.
Konrad is not only an ambitious winemaker, but also serves on several honorary tasting and review committees. He also supports the cultural life of the region by being a leading member of the Summer Theater, which is located in his wine restaurant Winzerhof von Schleinitz.
Year round care and intensive work in the vineyards are the basis for ripe and healthy fruit, a necessity for high quality wines. Wine making knowledge gained over generations and modern technology used for the gentlest handling of the grapes and wine lead to the high quality von Schleinitz customers have enjoyed and come to expect over the years. Highest quality - ripened in nature and captured in a bottle.
The slate soil on the steep terraces provides perfect conditions for the late ripening Riesling grape, so we focus with 90% of our plantings on this great grape varietal. In this unique environment, Riesling produces world-class wines with a wide spectrum of aromas, fine fruitiness and a unique minerality in various styles from dry to fruity. The noble sweet wines are considered the finest in the world.
Since 1988 the remaining 10% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir (Blauer Spätburgunder). Pinot Noir's unique ability to reflect the slate soil and warm climate provides very flavorful yet delicate red wines with a red fruit focus and a light to medium body showing elegant minerality.
Vineyards in the Best Sites of the Valley
￼In this most northern part, the Mosel valley is very narrow and the vineyards very steep. The warm micro climate and the use of terraces along the south facing slopes allows the vines to grow to full ripeness despite the northern location. The use of machinery is impossible and all work including harvesting is done by hand.
The UHLEN vineyard is one of the steepest vineyards in the Mosel valley. Facing directly south, it receives the most intense sun exposure in the region. This and the low
precipitation based on the poor soil result in always low yields making for intense wines reflecting the mineral elements of the almost reddish soil consisting of clay and slate. Konrad Hähn uses the grapes of this vineyard mostly for his dry (trocken) wines. These wines are very full-bodied and are great to sip on or wonderful with poultry, veal, rabbit, seafood, steamed fish, raw bar, sushi etc.
The WEISSENBERG vineyard is facing southeast and has deeper soil and more weathered slate. Here the wines are more minerally and fleshy. They tend to be more elegant and fruit-focused. The grapes are mostly used to produce medium dry and sweeter style wines. Most of the late harvest and dessert wines come from this vineyard.