Herbs and grasses cover the ground between our rows of vines. This protects the deep loess and loam soils from erosion. We take our time to gently press and slowly, carefully ferment our grapes. In our wines, we strive to preserve the varietal character typical of the grape and bring forth the flavors of nutrients absorbed from the soil.
Cultivating grapes in more than 40 vineyard parcels in different appellations along the Rhine Terrace between Nierstein and Guntersblum enables us to produce a broad spectrum of wines. They are distinctively marked by “terroir,” the interplay of soil, microclimate, grape variety, and the skill of the wine-grower. Every wine from a specific vineyard has a unique identity with typical characteristics, which are more or less pronounced depending on vintage conditions.
Dienheim: Tafelstein, Siliusbrunnen
Guntersblum: Kreuzkapelle, Steigterrassen
Uelversheim: Aulenberg, Schloss
The loess soils in the terraces around Uelversheim and in the southeast-facing sites adjacent to the Rhine in Dienheim and Guntersblum (fine-grained sediments deposited by the wind) are friable, well aerated, and able to retain nutrients and water well. The wines are soft and full-bodied, with a well-integrated acidity. High in extract, they are fruity and accessible even in their youth.
Chalky marl consists of sedimentary deposits of clay and limestone, with a higher proportion of limestone. It is rich in carbonates and nutrients, and has a good water balance. Grapes grown in these soils yield quite concentrated wines that show pronounced mineral tones and have a long finish. They have fine fruit aromas reminiscent of exotic and yellow fruits.
Nierstein: Hipping, Findling
The distinctive soil of Nierstein, Rotliegend(es), is a bright red, chalky mix of slaty clay and sandstone. It warms up quickly, but does not retain water well. The filigree wines produced from grapes grown in this soil are rich in minerals and fruit aromas, such as peach and apricot.
Three good reasons for Riesling
Like no other grape variety, Riesling is able to integrate the flavors of nutrients absorbed from the soil and reflect its site of origin in the finished wine. Among our 2011 wines, we’re presenting three “treasures of the soil” from three sites: Niersteiner Hipping, Dienheimer Tafelstein, and Dienheimer Kreuz.
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