The about one hundred kilometre long section of the river, the region of the so called “Untermosel” is the home of our wines. It is located in the temperate zone at the northern border of the for viticulture suitable area of Europe. The climate distinguishes itself by relatively cool summers and mild winters. This enables our vines to evolve the quality to become high-class vintages.
The Mosel has carved deep into the sediments of silt and argillaceous slate, quartzite and ferruginous sandstone. Thus different climatic conditions and soil structures are to be found along the hillsides of the river. Imposingly the steep terraces of the vineyards enhance from the alluvial meadows and show a unique architecture of tiny, slender slices of cultivable land and fragile stone walls. It’s not for nothing that those walls have been kept in perfect order and have been constantly extended at all times.
The perfect climate
The optimal southerly orientation of the steep slopes, the thermic conditions and the mineral soils made those special vineyards already during prussian times “Grand Cru vineyards” know for their unrivalled quality wines. Still the region’s vineyards emboss our wines and give them their distinctive character.
The climate presents a leading factor for the regional viticulture that can not be affected. The microclimate inside the slopes can even differ from vineyard to vineyard. Those specifics originate from factors like the diffrent exposition to the sun, the distinctive hillside situation or the soil conditions. That way an extreme gradient allows a stronger insolation and heating of the soil. Especially the slate buffers the warmth during the day and emits it to the vines during the night.
Only due to these special conditions the grapes for our premium wines are able to reach the required quality.