The Selbach family’s winemaking and shipping tradition dates all the way back to 1600. The Osters, Johannes’ grand-maternal line, were wine growers and coopers going back to the 1700s. Selbach-Oster owns and farms a total of 24 hectares of vineyards located on the “golden mile” of steep slate slopes between Zeltingen and Bernkastel. These vineyards are almost all rooted in crumbly, blue Devonian slate in the heart of the Mosel. The winery’s vineyard sites have been farmed continuously since Roman times, with a centuries-long track record for producing top quality wines.
The Mosel wine region has northernly continental climate that is marked by cool temperatures. The best producing vineyard sites are located along the Mosel river and its tributary where the heat from the sun can be maximized by reflection up from the water. South & southwest facing slopes are even more sought after because of the increased exposure to direct sunlight that can aid in ripening of the grapes. The soil of the area is dominated by porous slate which has ideal drainage for the regions heavy rainfall and good heat retaining properties. Many of the best vineyards have no topsoil at all, just broken slate.