The Kees brothers, Ernst-Josef and Werner, own vines in several excellent sites in the Mosel, including on the famous slopes of Graach, Kinheim, Kesten and Erdener. In total they work 7.5 hectares, the vast majority planted with riesling, with an environmentally sustainable approach and working almost entirely by hand.
They carry out crop thinning to lower yields and harvest late, manually and over several runs through the vineyard, for fully ripe fruit. The soils, weathered blue and Devonian slates, are rich in minerals and reflect the sunlight back on to the vines during the day and radiating the soaked-up warmth during the night, helping to ripen the grapes fully in these northern climes.
The town of Graach lies on the south-west facing slopes of the Mosel, just north of Bernkastel-Kues and east of Wittlich. The Graach vineyards make up part of an 8km stretch of vines of top quality and it is neighboured on both sides by the famous vineyards of Bernkastel and Wehlen, and surrounded by Abtsberg, Domprobst and Josephshöfer.
The brothers produce several styles of wine, from delicate, racy and dry to lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected Trockenbeerenauslese, all gently pressed and made in both stainless steel and old oak fuders.