Founded in 1947, the winery Nik Weis - St. Urbans-Hof has become one of the most important and classic wineries in the Mosel region. Since 2000, the Riesling winery is member of Germany's renowned VDP (Association of German Quality Wine Estates). From regional-level Estate Rieslings to pretigious Grands Crus, Nik Weis' passion is to express the unique terroir in the wines' taste. Therefore, grapes grow in the least six different, steep sites in both the Mosel and Saar valley. A tranditional, mostly manual cultivation and a natural, minimalistic cellar working practice lead to elegant, well-structured and complex wines with a high ageing potential.

The "Bockstein" is very steep, south to south-west facing vineyard site in a side valley of the Saar River next to the village of Ockfen. As a result, there is no other steep slope that could throw shadows on its vineyards at any time of the day. The soil consists of coarse grey Devonian slate which heats up easily, even at moderate temperatures. While cool winds blow into the Saar valley, grapes in the Bockstein vineyards dry off naturally and get a thicker skin, which has some advantages for the grapes' health and preservation of floavors. A large forest on thop of the Bockstein leads to an excellent water supply wherefore vines generally do not suffer from drought. Having a sigmoid appearance, most of the 10 hectare vineyard property is located in the convex part of the Bockstein, which used to be the "original Bockstein" until the German reform of 1971. These so-call :fillet pieces" with tranditional names like "Zickelgarten" of "Neuwies" were the source of some of the moset expensive Saar wines in the famous area of the early 20th centuray, during which Mosel and epecially Saar wines were by far more expensive than some of the most famous Bordeaux wines. Wines grown in the Ockfener Bockstein are known fortheir smoky and mineral character with subtle spiciness. They are said to be the most distinctive and smooth Rieslings from our estate Nik Weis - St. Urbans-Hof.

Wine making:

GG wines represent the peak of the iceberg of Germany's top-notch dry Rieslings and are only allowed to grow in Grand Cru vineyards like the Saarfeilser. To ensure the best growing conditions, Nik Weis and his team focus on the vineyards and work them manually by practicing a sustainable and defensive soil tillage and canopy work. Yields are kept very low in order to increase the quality. Only the finest and healthiest grapes with a full aromatic complexity and ripe acidity are harvested in several steps by hand. The gently pressed must is ermented with indigenous yeasts before the young wine rests for several months in tanks. No finings are done and bottling ususlly takes place in the following summer.


Bockstein GG has a deep structure, perfectly balanced and still animating Riesling with fresh citrus and grapefruit flavours, a significat spicy and smoky minerality and many hints of peppery spices and wild herbs. This is a full bodied GG but due to its mature acidity and cool climate origin, it keeps a refined and elegant character.

It is th eperfect accompaniment for white meat and sea food such as Vitello Tonnato or Porcini mushroom risotto with grilled prawn.