Today, Johannes Selbach, his wife Barbara, and their son Sebastian manage their vineyards and winery with passion and respect for the estate’s long-held traditions. The Selbach family’s heritage in the wine business dates to 1660: Selbach’s ancestors shipped wines down the Mosel in their own ships, the wine carried in oak barrels made by cooper Matthias Oster, the great-grandfather on the paternal side of the family. Thus, the winery developed as both a top estate producing some of the region’s best wine, and as a négociant and brokerage firm, consolidating the production of smaller growers. For nearly 400 years the Selbach family has been producing wine on the steep slate slopes of the Mosel, an area lauded for quality by Prussian Kings and Thomas Jefferson, among others. The ambitiousness of Johannes Selbach has made this estate one of the region’s most prominent stars. “Selbach Rieslings are not trendy wines that change according to the whims of fashion, nor are they made according to a recipe. They are true characters, wines with structure, wines that display their heritage, rooted deep into the slate rock like our old vines….” – Selbach
Hear Johannes talk about the history of his estate on Levi Dalton's "I'll Drink to That" Podcast here.