REGION: Mosel & Saar – VILLAGE: Ayl
Family Weber, Doro, Jürgen and their son Nicolas
Margarethenhof is located in the small town of Ayl near the Luxembourg border. It is surrounded by two famous rivers, Mosel and Saar. The entire region is called Mosel. Their motto is “Zwei Flüsse. Zwei Terroirs. Ein Weingut.” Two rivers. Two Terroirs. One Winery. Their winery and vineyards are surrounded by the Saar and “Südliche Obermosel” (Southern Mosel) terroir zones. The Saar River region flows to the southwest of them and the Southern Mosel River flows to the northeast of them.
This is the first winery I worked within Germany. It has been a family-run business since 1986 by Doro and Jürgen Weber. With the vintage of 2020 their son, Nicolas is now part of the business and stepping into his parent’s footsteps with a great understanding and background in winemaking. He is focusing on the production side, incorporating his knowledge from his enology and viticulture studies and his internships in New Zealand and South Tyrol, Italy. He is excited to be back home and proud to represent the next generation at his parent’s winery.
Thanks to Jürgen’s parents, wine became part of their family. In 1925 they opened a Gaststätte, a small restaurant, and a small grocery store in Ayl. Over time their passion and love of wine developed more and more. For two generations, the family has focused on producing outstanding wines with a high level of quality standards. A pivotal moment for the family’s wine business was the purchase of “Winzerverein Ayl”, a winery with grand underground caves. In 1986, Doro and Jürgen took over the winery and have been running Margarethenhof in Ayl to this day.
One of the most special things about the winery is the fact that they are surrounded by two distinct terroirs. The Saar showcases slate-driven vineyards and produces incredible Riesling grapes. The famous and world-renowned single vineyard “Ayler Kupp” is where their Riesling is picked from.
The “Südliche Obermosel”, or Southern Mosel, is famous for ancient shell limestone, known as “Muschelkalk.” This soil type is perfectly suited for Burgundian-style grapes like Grauburgunder(Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder(Pinot Blanc), Auxerrois, and Elbling. The variety Elbling was brought to the Mosel region over 2,000 years ago and is one of the oldest varieties known in Germany.
For all soccer fans out there. Jürgen opened the “Wine bar” in Allianzarena in Munich and is using it to showcase German wines to guests, visitors, and fans from all over the world. He is probably the biggest soccer fan I know. He used to go to Bayern München games a lot and felt the urge to also have German wines over Italian or Spanish wines during German soccer games.
“Nur was du liebst bringst du zum Blühen”, only what you love you can make bloom. This is his motto and you can feel it when you taste the wines and maybe get the chance to visit one day.
It is a great Riesling(mostly) producer with the most welcoming experience. I am looking forward to showing you their wines, especially the Elbling, a perfect, fizzy white wine for any occasion.