The picturesque Mosel river valley is one of the world’s great wine treasures. Many Mosel wines flirt with perfection, but the region’s true virtue is that nearly all its vineyards will produce distinctive, delicious Riesling if tended with care. The climate here is cold for wine grapes, but the Mosel has a few tricks that turn this liability into an asset: steep slopes, slate stone soils, and the river itself. Together these factors maximize the long, sunny growing season and provide just enough heat to slowly ripen grapes and develop Mosel Riesling’s unique character with stunning clarity.
Karl Josef is produced by Moselland, a grower’s cooperative famous for producing premium quality wines at competitive prices. What is a grower’s cooperative, exactly? A cooperative is a group of wine grape growers who share their resources to produce, bottle, and market wine. Making wine independently requires investment and time that is practically beyond the means of most farmers. Cooperatives play an essential role by providing growers with access to economy of scale, a vocal role in production, and a fair share of profits. This approach also provides a tremendous benefit to consumers. Well run cooperatives like Moselland are a prime source for excellent wines at lower prices. Moselland was formed in 1968 when several small cooperatives merged. It is now based in in the famous twin wine towns of Bernkastel-Kues, in the heart of the middle Mosel river valley. Moselland produces wines from all over Germany in a range of styles, and Riesling is their specialty.
QbA: 2017 86 Best Buy WE, 2016 86 Best Buy WE, 2015 87 Best Buy WE
Kabinett: 2015 87 Best Buy WE, 2014 89 Best Buy WE, 2013 87 Best Buy WE
Spätlese: 2019 88 Best Buy WE, 2018 87 WE, 2016 89 Best Buy WE
Dornfelder: 2015 86 WE Best Buy