Von Schleinitz was Founded in 1892 by the Hähn family, who trace their wine making history back to 1648. In 1991, Konrad Hähn took over as winemaker from his father. The Hähn family sold the estate in 2018, but Konrad still consults with the winery’s current winemaker, Martin Gerlach.
Von Schleinitz is located in the town of Kobern, in the most northern part of the Mosel valley (the Terrassen-Mosel). Because of the unique micro-climate, this is the warmest part of the Mosel, and one of the warmest places in Germany. Kobern is home to some of the region’s steepest vineyards. Here, vines sit atop precarious terraces backed against south-facing slopes, providing some of the best sun exposure in the valley, both directly and from the river’s reflection. The porous, weathered slate soil provides balanced nutrients for the grapes and excellent drainage. This naturally restricts yields and adds distinct minerality to the wines. Grapes are hand-harvested separately, according to vineyard site, and must weight. Lots are vinified individually in small stainless-steel tanks under temperature control using selected yeast. The wine is stored in tank until bottling, so only the freshest wine is shipped to the market.
Although VS is not officially certified, the wines are produced organically and sustainably. The estate has 30 acres of vines including several plots in the Ulen and Weissenberg grand crus. All vineyard work and harvesting is done by hand.