Our Precious Land

One of Germany’s most spectacular wine growing areas is undoubtedly the Mosel valley. The river meanders in narrow bows through a landscape where Celts and Romans grew wine over 2000 years ago. We live and work in this, the oldest wine region of Germany and in the world's largest area of extremely steep vineyard land.

The topography creates a unique macro climate which, together with primeval slate soils, results in wines that are one-of-a-kind. The exceptional Rieslings produced under these conditions offer elegance, saltiness and a cool minerality, and rank among the greatest white wines in the world.

The Beauty and the Beast

The Mosel is famous for extremes and contradictions. On one hand we have a mild, almost Mediterranean climate while on the other hand we have extremely steep slopes - up to a 60% grade - and rocky, poor soils.

These contrasts make our terroir unique , and lay the foundation for the distinctive charm and finesse of our wines.

The sun shines directly on the mostly south-facing, steep slopes and vines. The river both reflects sunlight and stores warmth, as do the slate stones, which both retain heat and release it onto the vines at night. The forest above the vineyards provides shelter against cold winds. These conditions permit a long, gentle growing season and a markedly late harvest, which result in medium bodied wines with complex fruit flavors and nuances, all with very little alcohol.

The rocky, sparse slate soil on the steep slopes forces the Riesling vines to sink roots deep into the ground and the solid bedrock to find water and minerals. It is exactly this "minerality" that marks our Mosel wines with flavors that cannot be imitated elsewhere.

These Vineyard Names Stand for Excellence

Our exceptional vineyard sites have been treasured by generations of connoisseurs and are located in the heart of the Middle Mosel. Our 24 hectares (59 acres) consist of mostly old ungrafted Riesligvines located on the "golden mile" of steep slate slopes from Zeltingen to Wehlen, Graach and Bernkastel.