Staffelter Hof - 2020 'Orange Utan'

2020 'Orange Utan'

Riesling, Muscat
Mosel, Germany

At almost 1,200 years old, Weingut Staffelter-Hof is THE oldest working winery in the world. Whoa. These wines are atypical for the Mosel; certified organic, wild fermented and finished without additions. Proper naturweine; so pure, so expressive. This is Riesling and Muscat with up to six weeks of skin contact then left to rest for one year in very old and large barrels. It is like grown up Fanta! Spices, citrus fruits, and flowers with a heaps of acidity and serious refreshment value. A portion of the sales of these wines go towards orangutan conservation, something that Jan Klein is passionate about.

The first mention of the Staffelter Hof estate and house was found in documents dated 862 AD, but the Klein family has owned the site since 1805, securing it from Napoleon. As is much the case with most European wine families, it has been handed down gen after gen. It was primarily a bulk wine production until the late 50's when current winemaker Jan Klein's grandfather took over the winemaking. Jan Mattias Klein took over from his father in 2005 as winemaker. He converted all of the vineyards to organics, and moved to a more minimal style of winemaking, which also included reducing the level of SO2 used in the winemaking. The viticulture has been 100% organic since the 2012 vintage, and the estate is now certified as of 2014. It’s so intriguing to see a winemaker flourish in both the classics and the more modern and experimental styles.