The Maximilian von Othergraven estate dates back to 1805, but intensive, high quality viticulture in Kanzem, the present site of this domain, can be traced back even further to 1500. Today, Dr, Heidi Kekel, the niece and goddaughter of Maximilian von Othergraven, owns and runs this extraordinary property. With the passing of Maximilian and Maria, his widow, Kekel is the heir to the throne, and what a job she has done. In Germany, it is widely acknowledged that the Saar is the best of the Mosel, which is one of Germany's two premier wine regions for the noble Riesling varietal. At Kekel's von Othergraven estate the electric, stately elegance of the Mosel reaches its apogee. From one of the steepest and few great south-facing slopes above the Saar that is protected from the cold north wind, Heidi Kekel produces wines of supreme elegance, finesse and flavor. Possessing 13 of the 50 acres of the great Altenberg vineyard, Kekel is unquestionably the region's leading grower. Von Othergraven's Maria v. O. is named for Heidi Kekel's aunt Maria, and if the wine that bears her name even slightly resembles that grand lady, what a winsome, scintillating, crowd pleaser she must have been. In addition to the delicious Maria v. O. Riesling, Kekel also fashions several other show stopping wines from the ancestral Altenberg estate as well as fine Ockfener Bockstein and Wiltinger Scharzberg Rieslings from nearby sites.