Weingut Philipps Eckstein is a small family estate located high on the hillside above the Mosel in the village of Graach-Schäferei close to Graach itself.
The property has been in the family for generations and offers an excellent range of mainly white wines, but with some nice reds too, as well as an excellent Sekt.
The 10 hectares of vineyards are mainly in Himmelreich and Domprobst, top vineyards from the town of Graacher, one of the most prized locations in the Mosel.
Patrick Philipps, current generation proprietor and winemaker, produces excellent wines at excellent prices - this estate is a real find. Many of the wines have been distinguished with medals in German wine competitions but are not well known outside Germany.
Not only does the estate make wine, but it also runs a small Winzerwirtschaft (guest house), serving wines by the glass and tasty meals and also has a number of rooms to let. If you are visiting the area seeking a quiet place to stay nestled amongst the vineyards with fabulous views over the Mosel valley below, then consider staying here.
The German Department of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DLG) holds an annual competition in which some 4,200 wines from 540 growers from all over Germany are judged. To achieve the top level award producers must be ranked with "outstanding overall achievements", and the Philipps-Eckstein estate has been awarded with three such consecutive Federal Honour Awards. In 2007, Patrick Philipps was also honored "DLG Winemaker of the Year" by receiving the third Federal Honour Award in Gold. Receiving such a high award three times in a row is very rare.