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Weis Reben: Grapevines for All Times

The most important goal of Weis Reben has always been to produce grapevines that stand the test of time. We believe that there is only one way to achieve this: to create plant material that is free of disease of any kind. For us this is the highest statement of quality.

Every time period has held itís special challenges for the propagation of vines:

  • During the middle of the 19th century phyloxerra emerges and spreads from America to Europe. Viticulture has to adapt to a co-existence with the disease in order to survive.
  • In the first half of the 20th century focus is placed on producing grapevines that are disease resistant. New grape varieties are propagated.
  • After World War II, as the wine market expands rapidly, grapevines that bring a consistently high quality and high yield are produced.
  • Since the early 1990s, the demand for high quality wines and hence vines is growing faster than ever.

From the beginning, Weis Reben has faced these challenges head on without loosing sight of new developments. Always focused on producing the highest quality vines, Weis Reben is more committed than ever to meeting the demands of this new growth in the wine market. Today, we are dedicated to the qualitative demands that todayís market places on grapevine nurseries. We know that wine quality is at the foreground of our work as breeders; we are, after all, vintners ourselves and therefore understand the demands of the wine industry.

Intensive co-operation between Weis Reben and our very own Weingut St. Urbans-Hof, one of Germanyís leading estate wineries, is a tremendous advantage for our breeding endeavors. We are committed to preserving heirloom plant material that we know from experience produces the finest quality wine, especially in the case of Riesling. We are constantly searching for old plantings that offer the opportunity to expand the boundaries for quality winemaking. And we are wholly committed to reviving this ancient material through a careful selection process that will ensure it meets both our own stringent demands for healthy plant stock as well as those of todayís wine market for wines that reflect their origins and terroir.

Through the mixing of our time-tested clones developed over the past sixty plus years with new clones based on heirloom plant material, we are ideally positioned to deliver vines that will produce wines with greater complexity than ever before imagined. Yet, as we enter this new era of vine propagation, we remain true to the principle that has guided our growth over the last half century: producing diseasefree vine material that ensures productivity in the vineyard and the highest quality in the bottle.
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