St. Urbans-Hof

Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905, Nik Weis' grandfather) founded the winery in 1947. In the early years he built cellars and winery buildings on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate'), St. Urban's Estate. In the 1960s his son, Hermann, assumed management of all operations. During Hermann's tenure the nursery expanded to become one of Germany's largest. He established himself as a world-recognized vine breeder, especially noted for his work with Riesling. At the beginning of the 1970s he pioneered the use of this noble variety in Canada greatly contributing to the introduction of vitis vinifera into this country still new to quality winemaking. He planted the first large parcel of Riesling vines in the Niagara Peninsula under the title of St. Urban Vineyard, later to become Vineland Estates Winery. Hermann Read more »

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  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Spätlese Ockfener Bockstein 2009

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    Great acid remains. Demi sec flavor profile. Good mineral edge. Bright juiciness. Very nice!- WS Grand Tour 2011 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Wiltinger Alte Reben Kabinett 2010

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    Fruit bomb of a Riesling, both on the nose and palate. Big tree fruits with tons and tons of Peach/Apricot and just a hint of Granny Smith apple on the nose. It was all peach and apricot on the palate. (fresh peaches, not canned) Still has enough acidity to balance out quite well. It's sweet, but not "sugary" sweet. It's as I just describe... Read More

    Wine review by Onin24eagle


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by christen1912


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba 2010

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    Creamy tropical nose, with an aroma that gives you an expectation of tartness. The mouth, however, is relatively mild in its acidity, very creamy, and fairly sweet. Simple pineapple fruit in the mid-palate and finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba 2010

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    Peaches and apples on the nose. Very sweet on the tongue with hints of peaches and apricots. A nice soft sweet finish. This would be great paired with a nice brie. Read More

    Wine review by heathbodell


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba 2010

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    Definitely some little effervescent bubbles as you pour. The nose lacks in complexity but what I do get is some nutty notes mixed in with a slight hint of dried apricot.Silky sweetness on the palette and easy drinking Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Trocken 2009

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    As a steadfast drinker of big reds, this is nevertheless my favorite white--and maybe favorite everyday wine--of late. A deliciously drinkable, thirst-quenching Riesling, it falls just a bit on the sweet side, but never cloyingly so; it is so good on its own or with meals favoring a white that I'm nearly converted from insisting on an Italian or... Read More

    Wine review by Dr Edgar Humbert


  • Crane Lake Gewürztraminer California 2009

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    At less than $5 a bottle, this is an absolutely delicious white; in my tasting, it is comparable to and reminiscent of the excellent Riesling of St. Urbans-Hof (http://www.snooth.com/wine/st-urbans-hof-riesling-2009/) at a third of the price. Read More

    Wine review by Dr Edgar Humbert


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett Ockfener Bockstein 2009

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    I rarely buy more than one bottle of ANY wine even if it's great...I've now bought 4 bottles of this riesling...this wine distinguishes the difference between one note american riesling (which should never be rated over an 89) and true German rieslings which are symphonies of fruit...this wine is just a mouthful of fruit...a super riesling at a ... Read More

    Wine review by tenacean


  • St Urbans Hof Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett Riesling Germany 2009

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    Wine review by BILL RIKER


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