The internationally recognized Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch, Erben Müller-Burgraef estate is located in the picturesque town of Bernkastel-Kues in the heart of the Middle Mosel. Here we cultivate, 12 hectares (ca. 30 acres) of prime, steep Riesling sites.
Among those sites are - apart from the inseparably to our estate connected - Berncasteler Doctor, Bernkasteler Badstube, Bernkasteler Graben, Bernkasteler Lay, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich and Wehlener Sonnenuhr.
Since several years we have also been cultivating a small amount of Pinot Noir. As with the Riesling, we attach the greatest importance to selective hand-harvesting and the most careful processing of the grapes.
Our estate uses intuition and technology to determine the proper cultivation and right timing in harvesting our individual top wines. For us, tradition and innovation are values that influence our work on a daily basis.
A large part of this is sustainable and ecological-oriented viticulture with no use of pesticides, herbicides (special herbs are planted to kill weeds), insecticides (use of pheromones instead), no chemical fertilizers (only mulch from pips, stems and skins of grapes) or heavy machinery which compacts the slaty soils with nearly all work done by hand.
Environmentally-friendly practices extend to the cellar where there is no use of artificial enzymes, sorbic acid (commonly used to stabilize wine), industrial cleaners and only minimal use of sulphur dioxide.
Therefore, we attach great importance to the care of the soil and the vines, conscientiously paying attention to low yields. At harvest, we we consider physiolgical ripeness over the specific weight of the must. This is the reason for the high quality of our wine, as only the physiological ripeness guarantees fully ripened aromas and flavors