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Weingut Haart (Mosel, Germany)

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Surrounded by the steep vineyard slopes to the north and the banks of the Mosel River a few meters to the south, Weingut Haart has been producing wine since 1337, making it one of the oldest private estates in Germany's Mosel wine region. On the eight hectares of vineyards, the Haart family only grows the famous white Riesling grape leveraging sustainable and organic viticulture practices. Located at the northern limit of wine production at 50 degrees north Latitude, the Mosel wine region is known for its steep vineyard slopes allowing the grapes to benefit from the best sun exposure during the growing season. Additionally, the famed grey, red, and blue slate soils of the area absorb the sun's heat during the day, allowing the heat to radiate back into the grape vines after the sun goes down, extending the growing day. Lastly, the vineyards' extremely close proximity to the Mosel River allows the sun's reflection to further aid in the ripening process.

Our host for the experience, Marcus, is part of the newest generation of the Haart family responsible for the estate. During our private seated wine tasting, Marcus provided an overview of the family's history, the various vineyard holdings, as well as the wine production method. Weingut Haart owns vines in four major Grosse Lage sites: Goldtröpfchen, Grafenberg, Kreuzwingert, and Ohligsberg. Throughout the tasting, Marcus explained the differences among each vineyard terroir, and we smell the aroma nuances among the 14 wines sampled during the experience.

My favorite wine from the lineup was the 2020 Ohligsberg Grosses Gewächs (GG). Grosses Gewächs, identified by the “GG” embossed on the glass wine bottle, represents the highest quality of vineyard land holdings categorized by the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikats) in Germany. The Ohligsberg vineyard is located on the eastern bank of the Mosel River with a west-facing exposure, taking advantage of the sun's afternoon rays. Please take a look at the pictures of the vineyard provided by the VDP here. The soil is grey-blue weathered slate and, as previously discussed, retains the sun's heat during the day to radiate back into the vines in the early evening hours after sunset. The slope of this particular vineyard is exceptionally steep, with up to an 80% gradient. You must exercise caution if attempting to stroll through the vineyards! Fun Fact: the name of the vineyard comes from the Ohligsberg Chapel, a historic wine producer whose wines were served at the Nobel Prize ceremony in 1922. I found the wine to have a pronounced intensity of passion fruit, apricot, and grapefruit, with a high degree of refreshing acidity. The wine's body was nearly full on my palate. A lovely wine that will sure to please!

Please check out the YouTube video of our experience here.

Experience Rating: 3 Stars

Brodi’s Rating: 1 Paw Up

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Experience Vibe: Private Experience, Seated Wine Tasting

Reservations Needed: Yes

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