Winemaker Lehnert-Veit a family tradition - since 1653
The history of the Lehnert-Veit winery began with the cultivation of the first vineyards by an ancestor in 1653. Today, Erich Lehnert runs the family business in the 9th and 10th generation together with his son Peter, who has a degree in viticulture and oenology and brings his experience abroad to the cellar work.Read More
Great varieties of wines at high quality standards
The winery is a member of the Bernkasteler Ring, a winegrowers' association in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. Since they have special quality requirements, this intensive work naturally begins in the vineyard. Weingut Lehnert-Veit practices integrated viticulture, emphasising organic fertilisation, low pruning and thinning out the grapes in summer. After a selective harvest, the wine is then vinified very gently and fermented with natural yeast. The qualitative demands are always directed towards a variety-typical maturation in stainless steel barrels or in wooden barrels. The grape varieties grown are Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as various experimental grape varieties. Nevertheless, Riesling dominates two-thirds of the varieties grown in the family business. The grapes thrive on dark Devonian slate and terrace sediments such as quartzite and sand. The vines are located in the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Falkenberg, Günterslay and Treppchen sites, which offer first-class conditions for the vines to grow.
White and red wines on 11 acres wineyards
The 11 hectares of vineyards of the Lehnert-Veit estate are spread over the top of the Moselle. The basis of the range is the estate's simple wines, including a fine Riesling that goes well with Asian dishes, a juicy Rivaner and a successful blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot. Quartzite with sand and slate form the basis of the local wines.
Sauvignon Blanc brings aromas of gooseberry and pepper, Chardonnay is mellow with ripe fruit and nutty notes that delight the palate. Marked by the dark Devon shale, the wines of the terroir reflect the distinctive steepness of the Piesport slope.
The Riesling "Großes Gewächs" from Goldtröpfchen impresses with its intense minerality and ripe summer fruit in the Lehnert-Veit terroir, while the Spätburgunder from the Falkenberg shows power and depth.
The wine assortment
The wines of Weingut Lehnert-Veit are clearly classified according to a quality pyramid: Wines with a red capsule are classic, uncomplicated drinking wines for every day. These estate wines form the representative basis of Erich Lehnert's extensive range. The local wines are marked with a blue cap. They are produced in selected sites with unique soils.
The terroir of these sites is characterised by quartzite, sand and slate, which is reflected in the wines of this quality level. Above all, the Burgundy varieties, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are presented as local wines. The top of the range is formed by the site wines, which are marked with a golden capsule. Lehnert-Veit's site wines come from the estate's best sites and show the distinctiveness of the Piesport steep slope.
The vineyards of Lehnert-Veit
The vineyard "Piesporter Günterslay" is located in the upper part of the "wine coliseum" of Piesport. It faces southwest and the temperature here is somewhat cooler than in the neighbouring vineyard "Piesporter Goldtröpchen". Here, too, the soils consist of blue-grey slate.
In the Günterslay, one finds a soil structure with a higher proportion of coarse stones. In addition, these vineyards are located about 220 metres above sea level and directly under the forest, which allows us to benefit from a cooler microclimate in this region. All these characteristics mean that Günterslay produces the lightest slate wines.
The grapes for the Lagen - Rieslings are handpicked exclusively on steep slopes on 400 million year old dark Devonian slate. All these characteristics allow the lightest slate wines to grow in the Günterslay.
The Falkenberg of Piesport
The vineyard "Piesporter Falkenberg" is located above the vineyard "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen", as it stretches from 150 m above sea level to 300 m above sea level. In the photo above, you can see the vineyard on the right-hand side below the forest.
The soils are blue-grey clay slate with a slight iron content. Other parameters are also comparable to those of the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen. However, due to the altitude, the site is somewhat cooler. Above that, the site is protected from winds by a dense forest. The vineyard therefore also offers above-average conditions to produce excellent grapes. These are then used to make wine.
The wines are characterised by a crisp acidity. The result is wines with a pleasant structure and a strong mineral finish. The plots offer different conditions. These are in turn used differently by the individual wineries.
The term Goldtröpfchen refers to the tiny golden droplets that glisten on the berries when they are overripe and indicate the presence of noble rot. Piesport is the largest wine village in the Moselle wine-growing region, the oldest wine-growing region in Germany and the largest Riesling-growing area in the world. The world-famous Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard is located here. At around 80 hectares, it is the largest single vineyard on the entire Moselle. The vineyard, which is planted almost exclusively with the noblest grape variety, the Riesling, impresses with its enormous incline of 60°. Due to the strong winding of the Moselle, this vineyard has the shape of an amphitheatre that opens up to the south. The deep slate soil and the jutting rocks act like a battery of sunbeams. Together with the mild riverine climate of the Moselle, these microclimatic conditions are ideal for producing magnificent Rieslings with mineral structure and diverse aromas.
- Selection (Auslese)
- Late harvest (Spätlese)
- Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächs)
Vinification and philosophy
Considering the special quality requirements, this intensive work naturally begins in the vineyard. At the Lehnert-Veit winery, integrated viticulture is practised and great importance is attached to organic fertilisation, reduced pruning and thinning out the grapes in summer. After a selective harvest, the wine is then gently vinified and fermented with natural yeasts. The quality standards are always oriented towards a vineyard-typical maturation in stainless steel or wooden barrels. The grape varieties grown are Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as various experimental grape varieties. Riesling, however, accounts for two-thirds of the grape varieties grown by the family business.
Wine guide Vinum 2022 - 3,5 Stars
Very good winery with excellent quality