Joh. Jos. (“J.J.”) Prüm estate is situated in the Middle Mosel valley, one of the most northern winegrowing areas of the world.
For centuries the Prüm family were living in or near the area as early as the year 1156. The Prüm estate already enjoyed a high reputation in the 19th century and it was also a family member, Jodocus Prüm, who constructed both of the famous Wehlener and Zeltinger Sonnenuhren. The early Prüm estate was distributed between Matthias’ seven children in the 19th century. His oldest son, Johann Josef (1873 - 1944), then founded the Joh.Jos. Prüm estate in 1911, acquired the vineyards from one of his brothers and paved the way for a successful development of this estate in the decades to come.
After World War I, in 1920, because he was suffering from poor health, he brought his son Sebastian into the estate. Supported by his wife Katharina Erz, the daughter of an estate owner in Bernkastel, Sebastian Prüm-Erz set out to produce the very highest quality Riesling wines, and these later achieved phenomenal prices at the annual Trier auctions. His 1949 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Trockenbeerenauslese, for example, fetched 1,500 DM ($652) at the 1974 auction – an amazing price at that time, in worldwide comparison. In 1969, Sebastian died and his son Dr. Manfred Prüm took over the estate, continuing the legacy with his uncompromising dedication for highest quality.
Today, Manfred is leading the estate together with his daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm.