JJ Prüm is one of the top wine producers in all of Germany, let alone the Mosel. As owners of some of the greatest terroir in the country, their wines are penetrating, complex and superbly elegant while retaining the Mosels extraordinary minerality and gentleness. The Prüms have been winemakers since the 17th century. As in Burgundy it is traditional to divide vineyards and plots of land amongst the family. The JJ Prüm estate was created in 1911 when Johann Josef Prüm received half of his familys vineyards. Their most famous vineyard is Wehlener Sonnenuhr (ŒSundial). They also produce great wines from Graacher Himmelreich, a vineyard with deeper soil which produces richer, rounder and usually more approachable wines. Both are highly recommended.
The Mosel's terroir is exceptional, composed primarily of grey-blue and red slate that climb up totremendously steep cliffs - the steepest vineyards in the world to be exact. Due to the Middle Mosel's lack of soil paired with its incredibly good drainage, most of the vines are not graftedonto American rootstocks as phylloxera cannot survive. As a result, the vines grow exceptionally slowly creating wines that tend to be wonderfully pure, tender and focused.