Despite a history that dates back to 1661, Selbach-Oster produces wines that are modern and fresh. From a stretch of the Mosel River that encompasses some of the best spots in all of Germany, Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara produce quality wines that reflect the philosophy of the family: Let the fruit and the soil do the talking.
Winegrowing in the Mosel is no easy task. The vineyards are steep, with up to a 70Ã¯Â¿Â½ grade in some places, making mechanical farming or harvesting impossible. Everything from pruning to harvesting to securing the vines with stakes must be done by hand. The slate must be carried back up to the top of the vineyards after heavy rains. The flooding that once occurred once a decade is now a bi-annual event. Even the light switches in the cellars are above eye-level. This labor intensive process has helped forge the focus for Johannes in creating his wines: Ã¯Â¿Â½Hands on in the vineyard, hands off in the cellar.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Selbach-Oster was the Winegeeks.com Producer of the Month in October, 2005.