Willems-Willems 2018 Riesling Kabinett, Oberemmel Altenberg, Saar, Germany

Willems-Willems 2018 Riesling Kabinett, Oberemmel Altenberg, Saar, Germany

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Willems-Willems 2018 Riesling Kabinett, Oberemmel Altenberg, Saar, Germany

Five generations of Willems women have managed the family’s business. While today a dedicated wine growing estate, up until 1971 it was still operated as a mixed farm. That was the year Maria Willems married Karl, who shared a distant ancestor and thus the same last name. And so Willems became Willems-Willems, a name still proudly in use today.

Maria’s daughter Carolin and her husband Jürgen are now responsible for the wines. Both Jurgen and Carolin frequently commute from their family home in Appenhem in Rheinhessen to the wine growing estate on the Saar. General manager Peter Thelen is local full-time, looking after the grapes and the cellar. Grandparents Karl and Maria Willems regularly lend a helping hand as well, including responsibility for the holiday flats located in the historical section of the estate’s residence.

  • Winemaker: Peter Thelen
  • Farming: Sustainable
  • Variety: Riesling Kabinette
  • Terroir: Slate. The finest parcels of the large "Altenberg" vineyard can be found just below its small vineyard chapel. The vines that grow in these steep slopes are more than 70 years old. They have deep roots and produce very small and mineral-rich berries.
  • Vinification: Slow, wild ferment.

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