The Maximilian von Othegraven estate dates back to 1804. However, 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 Othegraven, 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. Moreover, the glorious 2005 vintage has provided Kekel with all the material she needs to craft extraordinary wines.
In Germany, it is widely acknowledged that there are two great wine regions for the noble Riesling varietal, the Mosel and the Rhine. However, in sunny vintages such as 2005, the Saar is acknowledged to be the best part of the Mosel. At Kekel's von Othegraven 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 Othegraven'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.