Willi Schaefer

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Willi Schaefer
Location Graach, Germany
Appellation Mosel (wine region)
Key people Willi Schaefer, Christopher Schaefer
Cases/yr 2000-3000
Varietal Riesling

Willi Schaefer is a German wine grower and producer based in Graach, in the wine-growing region of Mosel, Germany.


The Schaefer family believe their viticulture roots in Graach extend back to 1121,[1][2] with documentation from 1590.[3]

The current winery came into the hands of the Schaefer family in 1950 and Willi Schaefer took over as the winemaker in 1971.[1][4][5]

Willi Schaefer has been a member of the Großer Ring Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter since 1993.[2][3] In 1997, Schaefer was awarded "Newcomer of the Year" by the Gault Millau wine guide.[6]

Since 2001 Willi Schaefer's son Christoph, and Christoph's wife Andrea have been assisting with running the winery.[2][4][5]

Vineyards and wine[edit]

Vineyards above the town of Graach.

Willi Schaefer works with 3 hectares of Riesling vineyards, including vines in Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst and Wehlener Sonnenuhr.[3] Wine writers Stephen Brook and Stephan Reinhardt are of the opinion that the best wines from this estate are usually produced from the Graacher Domprobst parcels.[4][5][7] The oldest vines are around 60 years of age and 60-70% of the vines are ungrafted, resulting in low yields.[5]

The wines ferment and are matured for around six months on lees in old 1000 litre foudres before bottling.[4][8][7]

Around 2000 to 3000 cases of wine are produced each year. Only a very small number are made in a Trocken or off-dry style and Schaefer avoids the presence of too much botrytis influence in his sweet wines where permissible.[4][7]


  1. ^ a b Piggot, Stuart (1996). The Wine Atlas of Germany. Antique Collectors Club Ltd. pp. 55–56. ISBN 978-1857326253. 
  2. ^ a b c "VDP - List of Wineries". vdp.de. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  3. ^ a b c "Großer Ring - VDP Mosel Saar Ruwer". Grosserring.de. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Parker, Robert (2005). The World's Greatest Wine Estates. Simon & Schuster. pp. 443–444. ISBN 978-0-7432-3771-0. 
  5. ^ a b c d Reinhardt, Stephan (2012). The Finest Wines of Germany. Aurum Press Ltd. p. 255. ISBN 9781781310212. 
  6. ^ Wineries - Willi Schaefer
  7. ^ a b c Brook, Stephen (2006). The Wines of Germany. Mitchell Beazley. pp. 157, 167, 202. ISBN 978-1840007916. 
  8. ^ Reinhardt, Stephan (2012). The Finest Wines of Germany. Aurum Press Ltd. pp. 244–245. ISBN 9781781310212. 

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Coordinates: 49°56′03″N 7°03′50″E / 49.934033°N 7.064024°E / 49.934033; 7.064024