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The first mention of the Staffelter Hof estate and house was found in documents dated 862 AD, making it one of the oldest wineries, and actually one of the oldest businesses in the world. It has been in the current family since 1805, when it was purchased from Napoleon.
Since then, the winery has been handed down from generation to generation of the same family. It was primarily a bulk wine production until the late 50's when current winemaker Jan Klein's grandfather took over the winemaking and started to bottle.
Jan Mattias Klein took over the estate from his father in 2005 (aged 28). He continued to make classic Rieslings for a few years but in 2010/2011 started to change his thinking towards the future of the winery, and generally the future of the planet. He converted all of the vineyards to organic, moved to a totally hands-off style of winemaking, and continues to push boundaries year after year.
Jan farms primarily Riesling, Pinot Noir, some Muller Thurgau, Muscat, and Sauvigon Blanc. However he has done many experimental plantings which include Arinto & Fernao Pires (as part of a climate change experiment), Gamay (!!), and now also various PIWI varieties. The PIWI’s (hybrids) form part of a significant future-proofing initiative for disease-resistant grapes on no-til regenerative vineyards, which has been very exciting project to follow.
In the cellar, Jan’s winemaking continues to evolve. Starting in 2014 he made the first of his natural, no-added-sulphite wines, the Madcap Magnus. This range has now grown to over ten wines and includes atypical blends, orange wines, pet nats, and more. He also still makes what he calls his ‘classic’ line, a series of more ‘familiar’ Mosel wines albeit still made with low intervention methods.