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Georg Mosbacher


Winery

Weingut Georg Mosbacher is a family-owned estate with nearly 45 acres of vineyards in the picturesque wine village of Forst situated on the German Wine Route. Sabine Mosbacher-Düringer and her husband Jürgen Düringer are the third generation to run the estate.


The particular strength of the estate lies in their Riesling wines. These thrive in the internationally-renowned top vineyards of Forst to gain their unique flavour: a composition of body and character.


Philosophy

From the very outset the winery 'Georg Mosbacher' has strived for the highest quality combined with continuous attention to the needs of nature. The vineyards are cultivated according to the guidelines of certified environmentally-friendly winegrowing: herbicides are not used at all and fertilisers only following examination and testing of the soil. Furthermore, beneficial plants and insects are protected and vegetation is planted between the rows of vines.


The foundation for high-quality wines lies in the vineyard itself and so we limit the maximum yield from our vines with reduction pruning in the spring. Intensive greenery management, thinning out in the summer and selective grape picking by hand result in the best harvest possible every year. The subsequent careful development and processing of the wines in the cellars preserves the typical character which the soil has given to our grapes. The results are fine wines with an unmistakable fruitiness and a fresh and lively character.


Our quality-orientated winegrowing is highly praised in a large number of publications. In the magazines 'Gault Millau', 'The Feinschmecker', 'Vinum', 'Alles über Wein', to name but a few, our wines are regarded as some of 'the finest available in the Palatinate region'. The magazine 'DM' lists us amongst the top 100 best wine estates of Germany. Since 1973 we have won 25 'State medals' (Staatsehrenpreise) at wine contests. These are the top medals at regional level and are awarded to the best estates of the region for above-average overall performance.


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The 2013 Vintage Presents Good Quality, While

Quantity Remains Below Average

Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Despite this year's weather conditions, German wine growers are satisfied with the quality achieved for the 2013 vintage. However, harvest is nearing its end, and the total quantity of harvested grapes is expected to be slightly below expectations.


According to the latest estimates from the Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), only 8.4 million hectolitres of wine must will presumably be harvested this year throughout Germany. Yields will thus be down seven percent compared to the prior year and nine percent compared to the ten-year average of 9.26 million hectolitres.


The harvest results differ significantly in the individual vineyard areas, depending on the grape variety and climatic conditions. For example, in the regions of Rheinhessen, Franken and Sachsen, average yields are expected to be equivalent to the previous year. Harvests in the Ahr and Saale-Unstrut regions increased by 30 and 48 percent, respectively, once again resulting in average yields after poor results in 2012. In the other regions, however, forecasts are significantly lower compared to 2012 results. The Mosel’s yields are 25 percent lower compared with the long-term average. Because of this, some wine-growing regions have already announced price adjustments.


DWI managing director Monika Reule explained that due to unfavorable weather conditions during the blossoming period in June, Pinot varietials have already not produced the desired quantity of fruit settings. In addition, quality-improving reduction measures conducted have led to lower yields.


"This year’s comparatively late period of harvest influenced aroma development quite positively. Even young wines already have a very pleasant fruity note, and their moderate alcoholic strength fits perfectly with the current market demands," says Reule.




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Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.

- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


Many of Germany's current winemakers have taken over the winery from their parents. We're happy to see them staying in the family business!

    


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