The Saahs family runs the Nikolaihof in accordance with the regulations of the Demeter Association, one of the strictest control systems in biodynamic farming. The principle: Imbue the wine with as much strength and energy as possible, whilst leaving nature to its own devices as far as possible. No herbicides, fertilisers, pesticides or synthetic sprays are used in the vineyards. Instead, the Saahs family uses stinging nettle manure, valerian drops, horse tail tea and its own specially produced homeopathic-style preparations.
The estate has been owned by the Saahs family since 1894. The traditional family business runs a total of appr. 50 acres (22 ha) of vineyard, cultivating predominantly Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger grapes and a range of complementary varieties.
Letting Nature take its course, meddling as little as possible, and giving the wines plenty of time to develop - that’s the wine-growing philosophy of Nikolaus Saahs. It’s something you can certainly taste in his wines, which are focused, full of flavour and youthful longevity, complex, with a modest alcohol content, and reflect the terroir perfectly.