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Kees-Kieren

The winery is located in the community of Bernkastel-Graach (Bernkastel area) in the German Moselle wine region. The Kees family has been growing wine for 12 generations. They were initially based in Kinheim until the grandfather of the current owners married into the Kieren family from Graach. Since 1980 it has been managed by Ernst-Josef and Werner Kees. A guest house is attached. The vineyards cover almost six hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Treppchen (Erden), Domprobst and Himmelreich (Graach), Paulinshofberger (Kesten), as well as Hubertuslay and Rosenberg (Kinheim). More than 80% of them are planted with Riesling, the rest with Müller-Thurgau, Kerner and Pinot Noir. Already in 1985 the estate was awarded the Innovation Prize for Agriculture for its grape reception system. A late grape harvest is carried out until November with selective manual harvesting in up to four stages

Depending on the condition of the grapes and the type of wine sought, the grapes are either pressed whole or lightly crushed before pressing. After strong pre-clarification, the simpler wines ferment in steel tanks, while the higher quality musts are generally matured in wood. Depending on the condition of the grape material, the use of spontaneous or pure yeasts is decided upon. After barrel ageing lasting up to six months, the wines are finally bottled in May of the following year at the latest. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines and spirits (marc spirits, yeast spirits and liqueurs) are also produced. The winery is a member of the Bernkasteler Ring wine growers' association.

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