Schloss Lieser, one of the top estates in Germany, is located in the Mosel Valley. The castle was built in 1875 while the winery was added later in 1904. Before Thomas Haag took the reins in 1990s, the estate was in a debilitated and neglected state. Through his hard work, dedication, and great passion for Riesling, Thomas has restored Schloss Lieser’s reputation as one of the top Riesling producers in the world, as evidenced by being awarded Winemaker of the Year in 2015. His passion and extensive knowledge of Riesling comes from a family history of highly regarded winemakers in Mosel. Fritz-Haag was established by his grandfather and when his father took over the estate, he became the Winemaker of the Year in 1994. His devotion to Reisling is a family affair, producing different styles, from dry to sweet.
The vineyards are located along the Mosel River, all south or south-west facing, on a typical stony slate soil and along steep slopes of approximately 80% grade. The estate is comprised of 9 hectares, all of which are on prime plots of land, including Graacher Himmelreich, Niederberg Helden, and Juffer Sonnenuhr. These are premium sites to allow the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing the development of best flavours and optimal acidity.
The grapes are all harvested by hand on the steep slopes and several runs are made through the vineyard to ensure that each bunch is picked at its optimal ripeness. Untraditional to the Mosel region, Thomas has introduced wire training for some vines which he believes allows them to be worked more easily but also helps him to keep low yields. This is in keeping with Thomas’ philosophy of “as little as possible, as much as necessary”.
Therefore with the intensity and rigorous workload in the vineyards, along with microscopic attention in the cellars, this ensures consistent wine during bad years and outstanding wines during good years. Schloss Lieser Rieslings reflect the character of the Mosel region beautifully, as well as embodying the passion and dedication of the Haag family.