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SOILS

CLIMATE

SITES

Wine is bottled poetry.
ROBERT L. STEVENSON

OUR WINES TASTE OF SUN AND HOLIDAYS


Our winegrowing estate is located in the heart of Rheinhessen, the largest winegrowing region of Germany. Here the interplay of soils, climate and locations creates the optimal conditions for wonderful and unique wines. 

 

Our soils.

The history of the winegrowing region Rheinhessen dates back 20 million years to the Tertiary when the region was flooded by the Primordial Sea. The receding sea left valuable oyster banks and shell limestone deposits behind, which account for the mineral character of our wines with their lively and at the same time harmonious acidity. Later deposits include fertile, nutrient-rich soil components like loam, loess, and airborne sands that give our wines a full-bodied taste and great cellaring potential. In other locations wind and rain contribute to the re-emergence of the oldest soil layers, such as the so-called ‘Rotliegende’.

 

Our climate, a gift from heaven and earth  

Rheinhessen has a very special climate. The neighboring regions Odenwald, Taunus, Hunsrück and Pfälzer Bergland hold a protective hand over us. Winds and rain are slowed down or kept off completely. Warm air can freely enter Rheinhessen from the South and these unique climatic conditions – dry, warm and delicious – can be tasted in our wines which capture a distinctive holiday spirit that can also be experienced in our daily life.

Our vineyards. The  mixture does it.

Different soils, different sun exposures and slope gradients lead to ever new combinations which resonate in each and every glass. This is what makes our wines so exceptionally tasty and interesting, while the resulting extraordinary diversity enables the selection of a suitable wine for every taste and occasion:

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Albiger Hundskopf

The Albiger Hundskopf is a wind-open southwest-facing slope with an up to 45° incline and optimal sun exposure. The chalky soil with rich clay components promotes optimal water and heat storage. This soil and the slope provide ideal conditions for the growth of mineral wines with great ageing potential. Our single-site Riesling wine grows on the Rotliegend. 

Albiger Schloss Hammerstein

The Albiger Schloss Hammerstein vineyard was mentioned for the first time in a document in 767 on the occasion of its donation to the Lorch Monastery. The ruin located on the vineyard Schloss Hammerstein speaks of Roman times. The Romans already knew that outstanding wines could be grown on this soil with its high proportion of limestone that was shaped by the primordial sea. The exciting microclimatic conditions give us wines with a harmonious and at the same time stable acidity and ripe fruit. 

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Spiesheimer Osterberg

The Spiesheimer Osterberg is a south-facing slope with excellent microclimatic conditions protected from north and west. The soil consists of deep clay marl and produces elegant wines with fine fruit aromas and marked persistence and length.  

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