The title “King of Mosel” would fit well the irreverent human-dynamo named Ernst Loosen, a multi-skilled winemaker, merchant, marketer and ambassador (unofficial) of German wine.
For almost 30 years heading his family’s winery, Ernst has already won many of the world’s most important wine awards and recognitions:
– German Wine Ambassador of the Year (Falstaff 2016);
– One of the 100 Best Wineries of the Year (Wine & Spirits 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007);
– One of the 5 Best European Wineries of the Year (Wine Enthusiast 2008);
– Best German Producer of the last 25 years (Wine & Spirits 2007);
– One of the Top 10 White Wine Producers in the World (Decanter 2006);
– Man of the Year (Decanter 2005);
– Best White Wine Producer of the Year (Wine International 2005);
– One of the 50 Most Influential Winemakers in the World (Wine & Spirits 2004);
– Producer of the Year (Gault Millau 2001).
The Dr. Loosen winery has been in the Ernst family for more than 200 years.
When Ernst took over the company in 1988, he soon concluded that with those old and marvelous ungrafted vineyards (around 60 years old; Mosel is one of the few regions in Europe where ungrafted vineyards are allowed, as phylloxera does not survive on its well-drained soils) and located in some of the finest terroirs in Germany, he held all the raw materials needed to produce deep, complex and world-class wines.
To achieve this goal, Ernst dramatically reduced the production of his vineyards and replaced all chemical fertilizers with organic ones. He also adopted new winemaking practices, which are more subtle and with minimal technological intervention, aiming that his wines would faithfully and fully express its origins, its terroir. These are the principles adopted in his two wineries: Dr. Loosen, in the Mosel Valley and Villa Wolf, in Pfalz region.