In July 2014 we started to run our family estate HEINRICHSHOF. We expanded the vineyards from three to seven hectares. We grow grapes on prime steep vineyards like Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Schlossberg. These great vineyards on slate soil are the basis for our elegant and mineral Riesling wines.
Peter & Ulrich Griebeler
In the press:
Gault Millau – Wine Guide 2020:
A historic engraving of the Zeltingen vineyards from around the year 1900 adorns the labels of the brothers Peter and Ulrich Griebeler, who by showing this also want to highlight their long family tradition. Both learned the winemaking profession at renowned estates, Peter with Fritz Haag, Ulrich with Müller-Catoir. Peter then studied viticulture, and Ulrich continued with higher education as a wine technician at home and abroad. In 2014 the brothers took over the three-hectare family estate, expanded it to the seven hectares they have today and are now the eleventh generation to run the business. Half of their vines grow on steep slopes in well-known Zeltingen locations like the Sonnenuhr, Schlossberg and Himmelreich. Riesling dominates covering four-fifths of the area, the rest is made up of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Müller Thurgau and Dornfelder. Development takes place in traditional large oak barrels and also stainless steel. Above all, the brothers favour dry Rieslings with subtle, almost discreet aromatics, that remain on the lees for a long time. The very good 2018 vintage presented here has certainly also delivered outstanding premium results in the noble sweet range, truly a great success of wines that already offer high enjoyment now but also have a long-term perspective. From April to October, the wines can be tasted at their tasting room in the winery villa. The latter also houses two apartments, in case you fancy an extra glass.
Eichelmann – Wine Guide 2020:
Peter and Ulrich Griebeler took over the family business in 2014. After his apprenticeship as a vintner (among others with Fritz Haag), Peter Griebeler studied viticulture and worked at wineries in Germany and abroad. Ulrich Griebeler followed up his vintner apprenticeship (among others at Müller-Catoir) with a wine technician qualification, then worked at the Hofstätter estate in South Tyrol. They have expanded the vineyard area from 3 to 7 hectares. Their vineyards are located in the Zeltingen sites of Sonnenuhr, Schlossberg and Himmelreich. Riesling dominates cultivation with four-fifths of the area, the latest planting was of Pinot Blanc, plus there is a little Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are fermented coolly and slowly, partly in Fuder barrels, partly in stainless steel, and remain on the lees for a long time. In the future, they want to expand their growing area.
The structure of the wines already appealed in previous years, and in 2018 this development continues in the right direction. The Pinot Blanc, for example, is firm, dry, typical of the variety, has a pleasant acidity and not too much alcohol, and seems uncompromisingly dry. The same applies to the arresting, spicy Riesling called Römische Kapelle. The remaining three dry Rieslings differ from each other significantly. The Schlossberg wine, which is matured for a particularly long time on the lees, has a lot of smoothness, but also enthralls you. The Riesling Tonneau’s development in young wooden barrels is noticeable, but this effect is recognisable rather as additional spice. Complex and powerful, however, is the Rotlay wine from the Sonnenuhr. The off-dry Auslese has restrained acidity, with noticeable sweetness: the wine still needs time. The Spätlese from the Schlossberg is racy, smells of herbs, citrus and fresh stone fruit. The Auslese wines are clear and elegant, the creamy Trockenbeerenauslese from the Schlossberg is very sweet, but also incredibly spicy.
Vinum – Wine Guide 2020:
Once again this year the wines of this seven-hectare winery leave a lasting impression. The fine, quiet style of the brothers Griebeler is worth one star. In a comparison between the sites of Schlossberg and Sonnenuhr, Sonnenuhr has a nose in front. As with last year, we liked the Rotlay very much. Congratulations also for the TBAs.
Falstaff – Wine Guide 2020:
It was not until 2014 that Peter and Ulrich Griebeler took over the Heinrichshof and extended the vineyard area to seven hectares in the Zeltingen sites Sonnenuhr, Schlossberg and Himmelreich. Since then, the two brothers have been writing their success story: We were taken with the 2016 vintage, the 2017 vintage impressed us. And also the year 2018 has followed these excellently. In addition to the two Trockenbeerenauslese, we again liked the traditional Moselfuder barrel-developed „Rotlay“ with its subtle minerality. We are looking forward to future developments!
Heinrichshof, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Rotlay Riesling trocken 2018 Mosel
Just bottled and still a little unsettled, but with a fresh fragrance of pear on the nose. Pure and clean pear fruit on the palate, refreshing acidity providing a cooling influence. (MS)
Drink 2019– 2022 16P
Heinrichshof, Tonneau Fass 5 Riesling trocken 2017 Mosel
The wine has spent some time in 500-litre casks for a little micro-oxygenation. The result is dry Riesling with fresh fruit flavours of melon and pear, assertive acidity and plenty of cool stony minerality. Shows quite some grip on the finish. (MS)
Drink 2019– 2023 16.5P
Heinrichshof, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr feinherb Riesling Auslese 2018 Mosel
The nose is flattered by a successful composition of meadow flowers and orchard. It takes some oenological craftsmanship to accommodate so much ripeness and fruit in the flavour category of feinherb, but moderation in the residual sugar department has helped to achieve that aim. Nevertheless, with its rich texture and restrained acidity it’s a real smoothie. (MS)
Drink 2019– 2022 16.5P
Heinrichshof, Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2018 Mosel
A Riesling with generous texture and plenty of fruit, and with 40 g/l residual sugar in the moderate range of Kabinett sweetness. Although acidity takes a back seat, a fresh green herbal notion and juicy fruit make sure that the taste buds are well animated. (MS)
Drink 2019– 2023 16P
Heinrichshof, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2018 Mosel
This classic Auslese from the Sonnenuhr is still quite reserved at this early stage, although it’s exactly the subtlety of the fragrance which fascinates the olfactory senses. Gentle floral notes link up with delicate aromas of fruit, which are more reminiscent of local orchards than exotic origins. The same can be said about the palate, which does not seek to impress with opulent exuberance, but stimulates the taste buds with a delicate expression of multi-faceted nuances of juicy fruit and fresh herbs. (MS)
Drink 2020– 2025 17P