When you read a sentence like “New York Rieslings don’t come any better than those from Ravines” in the New York Times that should make you curious. It did with us. We have tried the wines a couple of times – but its aging potential blew us away. Here is the story about our visit at Ravines Wines at Finger Lakes.
The weather is pretty grey while we drive along the river Nahe. It’s one of the first days of January. The sky is cloudy, raindrops are falling. No other car is driving with us. The Nahe is very different from the Rhine valley or the Moselle valley. Hardly any tourists. Only beautiful nature. In winter, it means that you can be alone on the streets. Silence can be a great thing. Everything fits: The nature. A region that feels down to earth. And a winemaker that is very focused on this nature and the unbelievable geology and needs of his vineyards.
There are different kinds of heroes in the winemaking business: the trendsetters and the youngsters, the price champions and the quality masters, the traditionalists and the innovators. But there is one special category that needs to be opened for winery Markus Molitor from the Moselle area. We would like to call it “Master of the thousand vineyards”.
When we started to fall in love with Riesling, the winery Joh. Jos. Prüm from the Moselle region gave the first and most important impulse. We were sitting in a nice restaurant in Stuttgart and a talented sommelier convinced us to blind taste a Prüm Riesling. This is where it happened. We were in love. Hopelessly lost. You can imagine how exited we were when we received the invitation to visit this winery and enjoy a special tasting.