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Our vineyards are spread over 17different single sites in eight different villages along the Rheingau region.

This is quite unusual, however it offers you the opportunity to enjoy the Rheingau region in its whole diversity. In the following you can find an overview of our major vineyard sites.

Oestrich Lenchen Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Erbach Siegelsberg Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Oestrich Doosberg Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Hattenheim Nußbrunnen Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Winkel Jesuitengarten Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Hattenheim Wisselbrunnen Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Winkel Hasensprung Classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage® *
Rauenthal Rothenberg klassifiziert als VDP.Erste Lage® *
Hattenheim Engelmannsberg klassifiziert als VDP.Erste Lage® *
Rüdesheim Bischofsberg klassifiziert als VDP.Erste Lage® *
Rauenthal Gehrn klassifiziert als VDP.Erste Lage® *

* Through research for soil texture, sun exposure, water supply etc. the Rheingau vineyard sites were analyzed. Only the special and good sites or part of single sites were classified for the name “VDP.Grosse Lage” and "VDP.Erste LAGE".

Not only do vineyard factors and strict reduced yields have to fit, the wines have to pass a sensory test by a professional jury.

Please find here our vineyard map:
Weinlagenkarte Rheingau

The refined VDP.CLASSIFICATION is not part of the official German wine law but rather an in-house statute of Gemany’s Prädikat wine estates in which the quality of a wine is defined according to “terroir,” i.e., origin and quality are inherently linked. Although the classification is only binding for VDP member estates, it is seminal for quality-oriented German viticulture as a whole.

The goal of the VDP.CLASSIFICATION is to assess the quality potential of Germany’s very best vineyard sites; secure the future of Germany’s unique viticultural landscape; restore esteem for Germany’s outstanding dry wines; and underscore the traditional connotation of the Prädikats as attributes reserved for wines with natural, ripe sweetness.

The refined, four-tier VDP.CLASSIFICATION is the key to terroir-driven viticulture in Germany.

VDP. Gutswein
VDP.GUTSWEINE, or regional wines, originate from an estate’s holdings within a region. They are entry-level house wines that meet the general quality standards prescribed by the VDP and provide a good introduction to the VDP’s hierarchy that inherently links wine quality with origin.

VDP. Ortswein
Sourced from superior soils 
VDP.ORTSWEINE, or village wines, originate from a village’s good, traditional vineyards that are planted with grape varieties typical of their region. Yield restrictions are also a criterion for wines of this category.

*VDP.Erste Lage®
VDP.ERSTE LAGE designates first-class vineyards with distinctive characteristics. They provide optimal growing conditions, as evidenced over a long period of time. They are planted with traditional varieties, as determined by each region.

*VDP.Grosse Lage®
VDP.GROSSE LAGE designates the very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. With their site-specific characteristics, these wines are particularly expressive and have exceptional aging potential. They are planted with traditional varieties best suited to a particular site, as determined by each region.


VDP Pyramide
Our wines are classified after the VDP. Pyramid

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The Rheingau is characterized by its geographic position with only south facing slopes and the lake like river Rhine. The deep clay soils are well sustained with water although there is only a little rainfall (530 mm per year). This is because of the Rheingau hills and the humus development out of our cover crop management, which has been ongoing for two decades. The main focus is on keeping natural soil vitality. Practicing close to nature combined with minimum yields is the base for quality, which is further improved by a late, selective hand harvest.

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