Gunther Matheus and his wife Gerda both grew up in winegrowing families on the Mittel Mosel. Their cellars are in full view of the famous Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard, where they have holdings of about 1.5 Ha of vines. Their family operation may be small in size, but they produce a full range of wines that are primarily sold to private customers in Germany.
Goldtröpfchen, which means “little gold drops,” is one of the best sites on the Mosel. It faces south, gathering the morning sun and allowing the Riesling to ripen to perfection. Typically a Piesporter Goldtröpfchen is a mild, elegant and well balanced Riesling; usually not as spicy as Ürzigers or fruity as Wehleners, but with a great deal of charm. The associated Piesporter Treppchen vineyard lies on the opposite bank of the Mosel, and produces similar wines. The Matheus estate also grows Dhroner Hofberger, a traditional name on the Mosel, some interesting reds from Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Dornfelder, and sparkling wines or Sekt made by the Champagne process. To broaden their range, a drier and less expensive “Classic” series was introduced in 2004. In recent years the Matheus family have won many prizes (Kammerpreismünzen) at state and federal judgings; the Deutsches Landwirtschafts Gesellschaft (DLG) gave their extraordinary Piesporter Treppchen Eiswein 2002 a gold medal. This marks their debut in the United States.