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Vineyards and their sites

Possibly the most fascinating fact about wine is that it is possible to taste its regional origin and even its individual vineyard. Through the biodynamic work in our vineyards we continuously achieve better results to truly bring out the Terroir in our wines.

Hallgarten Hendelberg – VDP.ERSTE LAGE

  • The name of the site goes back to the old German word “Hindi” (= hind). This used to be a site for watching hinds feeding with their calves in spring, long before wine was grown here.
  • South-west facing and very steep in parts, riddled with colourful Devon slate these parcels are unique.
  • to the cool climate of the wooded Taunusrange the vegetation period starts and finishes always a little bit later. Downwinds on the hillside also help prevent fungal infections.
  • The grapes retain an aromatic and complex acidity right up until they are fully ripened.

Oestrich Klosterberg – VDP.ERSTE LAGE

  • The name is derived from the erstwhile Cistercian nunnery Gottesthal, to which the plot used to belong.
  • Sandy, quartzite-rich loess was deposited by the Rhine at 160m above sea level millions of years ago as “prehistoric beach”.
  • There we planted in the mid-1990ies our vineyard with 10.000 vines per hectare. Such a density of the stocks encourages the roots of the vines to grow deeper into the ground, plus each vine stock has to provide for a smaller amount of grapes.

Oestrich Lenchen – VDP.GROSSE LAGE

  • The “le(a)n” of the Pfingstbrook lends its name to this site, whose vineyards slant softly south westerly down into the valley of the brook.
  • Here fertile loess, rich in clay is streaked with red iron-rich quartzite veins. Therefore “Eiserberg” (=Ironhill) is an old field or furlong name of the “Lenchen”, which hints at this geological feature.
  • The early morning fog of the Pfingstbrook promotes the growth of Botrytis Cinerea - ideal prerequesite for the development of noble sweet wines.

Mittelheim Sankt Nikolaus – VDP.GROSSE LAGE

  • The Namesake is a historical sandstone statue of St Nicholas, which stands next to the vineyard blessing it.
  • The parcel softly slants southwards and lets the eyes trail across the Rhine only 150 metres away.
  • Here, the Rhine serves as heat reservoir and solar reflector. In spring, this results in significantly earlier budding thus providing an exceptionally long growing and ripening period.
  • Vines that are over 60 years old produce very few, small-berried clusters with complex and intensive aroma.
  • At the heart of the plot grows our premium Riesling, the Kühn-Unicum called “Schlehdorn”

Oestrich Doosberg – VDP.GROSSE LAGE

  • “Doos” is a Rheingau colloquialism for Dachs (= badger).
  • An exposed south-west slanting hilltop with constant down winds, through which the grapes dry fast and remain healthy - ideal conditions for mature dry Riesling.
  • Streaked with grey quartzite the clay rich loess soil of the parcel with its old name “Landpflechter Brunnen” - “Landpflechter Well” indicate the ample water supply.
  • At the heart of this plot grows our Riesling-Unicum “Landgeflecht”

Hallgarten Frühenberg

  • This old site spreads itself like an antique amphitheatre at 180m above sea level. Our vineyard is located on the gently slanting, south-west facing shoulder.
  • Here the sun catches and warms the ground early on in the year - hence the name “Frühenberg” - the early hill.
  • Due to this extraordinary micro-climate this site seemed pre-destined as a location for Pinot Noir.
  • At the beginning of the new millennium we planted vines of an old Pinot Noir variety in this barren, sandy quartzite-soil in a high vine density of 10,000 per hectare.
  • The grapes of these vines are small-clustered and of beautiful characteristic aroma. With each additional vintage of the “Frühenberg” our idea is confirmed more and more.
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