Hospitien Riesling 2015 Qualitatswein Halbtrocken VDP, Germany

Balanced with fine Riesling fruit, fresh apples, apricot, honeysuckle, hints of sweet lemon backed by gentle spice. An elegant, off-dry, soft and appealing wine with well integrated acidity and minerality for everyday enjoyment.

Food match: Charcuterie, creamy fish dishes, choucroute, Thai and Vietnamese dishes, mild curries, sushi, smoked fish, smorgasbord.

Halbtrocken means that there is a higher amount of residual sugar than your regular dry Riesling, but watch out for this small amount of sugars in this off-dry white wine.

The “United Hospitien” is a non-profit foundation, exclusively charitable, whose purpose is the maintenance and care of the elderly, sick, disabled and dependent people and, if necessary, the provision of housing. It is located in the heart of Trier, Germany's oldest city and former Imperial residence, at the center of the Mosel. The figure of St. James, adorns the entrance to the winery, the wine labels, and is the Foundation’s trademark.

It refers to the St. James Hospital, where pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela found hostel in the Middle Ages. Later, the Hospital offered refuge to the poor and sick. Since it’s founding in 1804 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the winery has been part of a foundation with a social purpose. Within the foundation, which early on also included the St. Jacob Hospital, there are now various social institutions, financed partly from the proceeds of t he wine estate. Total vineyard area is about 25 hectares situated on the Saar and Moselle, with predominantly steep slate slopes. This makes vineyard work difficult, picking being especially strenuous, but the results are wines of great individuality and exceptional quality. Plantings are about 90% Riesling,

The Mosel is inseparable from the cultivation of wine, particularly Riesling, which can be traced back to the Romans and Hospitien boasts Germany's oldest wine cellar, from the year 330, during Roman Trier. Later on there is further evidence of Riesling cultivation found in written documents dated 1464 in the account books of the St. Jacobs Hospital.

A founding member of the VDP and of several European wine associations, Hospitien is often cited in the press as one of the leading wineries in the Mosel. Most of the current vineyard was ranked in the Prussian classification of 1868 as ‘excellent’, the highest quality level.

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