Nikolaus Peter Weis, Owner, GM

St. Urbans-Hof Family Estate Winery


Nikolaus Peter WeisNikolaus (Nik) Weis is the third generation of his family to manage the winery founded by his grandfather, Nicolaus Weis in 1947.  Nicolaus was awarded the prestigious title "Oekonomierat" (Chancellor of Agriculture) in 1969 for his dedication to the wine traditions of the country and his name and title have become part of the winery name, Hermann, Nik's father, carried on the traditions established by Nicolaus increasing the winery's acreage further and, today, Nik manages the winery's 35 hectares (87 acres) in the Mosel and Saar Valleys and is responsible for overseeing operations and sales of this second largest privately owned family winery in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.


Nik grew up in the winery and has been involved in all aspects of St. Urbans-Hof from breeding vines at the nursery operated by the winery, to cultivating vineyards and making wine.  After obtaining a degree in viticulture and enology at Geisenheim Nik broadened his experience by working and studying in the Champagne regions of France, California, Ontario and the Nahe Region of Germany.  As president of the Young Winemakers Association of Leiwen, Nik has been in the forefront of the movement by a new winemaking generation to preserve the traditions of German winemaking and has established St. Urbans-Hof as a clear leader in innovation and quality.


Wine Making Philosophy: St. Urbans-Hof maintains the traditional methods of wine growing and winemaking which have been used in the Saar and Mosel River Valleys over the past 2000 years, having been initially introduced by the Romans who first recognized in the microclimate of the region the potential for producing classic grape varieties and fine wines. Riesling is the only grape variety grown and the terroir of the site is emphasized by intensive cultivation of the slate soil and tradiitional single post trellising system, unique for the Mosel.


Terry Acree, Ph.D., Sensory Research

Derpartment of Food Science

Cornell University


Terry AcreeTerry's laboratory is interested in how stimulant composition is represented in perception.  A seemingly infinite number of perceptions are invoked by less than 1000 odorants found in the human sensory environment.  Mediated by sensory neurons expressing a given receptor these odorants general neutral excitation in the brain that is a topographic map o sensory information.  Recept literature suggests that olfactory receptor expression is highly variant in the human population and that this may explain the functional variation in tasts and olfaction that has been observed for decades.  Understanding the relationship between stimulant composition and perception is therefore central to understanding the representation of chemical information in the brain and the impact of genetic diversity on the perception of wine.


Research Focus

An internal representation of the external world is created in the brain of all eukaryotes by a mechanism that detects chemicals in the environment and transmit this information to the brain whiere it is processed to create perceptions.  This sensory representation of the external chemical world in the brain is a translation of stimulus features into a neural sensory map.  It is the nature of this sensory map: how it is established by stimulant patterns, how it varies in a population, and ultimately how it modulates other brain functions, eg. emotions (joy) or behavior (buying wine).  Over the years Terry and his students have developed a selective and sensitive bio-assay for smell based on gas chromatography - olfactometry (GC) called CharmAnalysis that, along with other forms of chromatography, spectrometry and sensory analyses are used to study wine quality.


Join us as we "Experience Riesling at the parts per million level".



Kathy Cannon, LCBO

Director, Wines and VINTAGES


Kathy CannonAs Director, Wines & Vintages, Kathy Cannon is responsible for the strategic planning, purchasing and inventory operations of both the Wines and Vintages business unites of the LCBO.  Kathy brings 15 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry.


Kathy has represented Vintages and the LCBO on international buying trips and has served as a judge for international wine competitions.


Prior to her appointment as Director, Kathy has held a variety of Category positions within the LCBO including Product Manager and Category Manager. Prior to joining the LCBO Kathy worked in Category Management for both the Food and Drug industries.  She was appointed Director, Wines in 2009 and assumed the additional role of Director Vintages in 2012.


Kathy has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Advanced Award from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).