Four generations of Rauens have devoted their lives to the cultivation of Mosel wines. The family sold wine in bulk to a number of local clients up until 1983, when Harald Rauen shifted the focus toward bottling and selling their own name brand. Originally operating as “Weingut Eduard Rauen und Sohn”, the name was changed in 1990 to “Weingut Familie Rauen” and is currently operated by Harald and his wife, Maria along with their son, Matthias. A fairly small operation, Familie Rauen produces just over 8,000 cases a year from 32 acres of vines planted primarily in top vineyard sites (with a high percentage of very old vines) including Detzem Maximiner Klosterlay, Detzemer Würzgarten, and the steep and ancient Thörnicher Ritsch. These sights offer steep Devonian slate which reflects warmth, retains heat, and makes for excellent soil drainage. These weathered soils also account for the expressive mineral character of the Rauen wines, allowing for rich, opulent wines to find a balance in a stony structure. In addition to their stunning Rieslings (which are incredibly affordable in relation to their quality), Familie Rauen produces reds, rosés, sparkling wines and peach, plum and pear brandies.
It’s hard to imagine a more enjoyable experience than sipping on a crisp, Mosel Riesling outdoors on a gorgeous day. And we hope you will do just that with this wildly delicious Kabinett style Riesling from Familie Rauen! Overflowing with notes of stone fruits and wildflower honey, this is as addictive as it gets. Vibrant wet stone minerality unfolds on the light-bodied palate, accentuated by a vivid acidity and flavors of lychee, ripe red apple and white peach. The ample fruit, focused acidity and hint of honeyed sweetness make this an ideal foil for something Thai and slightly spicy like Pad See Yew with shrimp.