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 already grew wine 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 lay of the land creates a unique macro climate which, together with primeval slate soils, creates wines that are one-of-a-kind. The exceptional Rieslings produced under these circumstances 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% angle - and rocky, meager soil.

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

The mostly south-facing, steep slopes allow the sun to shine directly onto the vines. The river both reflects sunlight and stores warmth, as do the slate stones, which also 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 gives complex fruit flavors, light body yet also with abundance and seemingly endless nuance - all with very little alcohol!

The rocky, sparse slate soil on the steep slopes forces the Riesling vines to sink roots deeply into the ground and into the solid bedrock to find water and minerals. It is exactly this "minerality" that marks our Mosel wines with flavors that cannot ever 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. The vines themselves are mostly old, ungrafted Rieslings growing on the 24 hectares (59 acres ) of steep slate slopes on the “golden mile” from Zeltingen, Wehlen, Graach to Bernkastel.