We are the key to the Rheingau!
Riesling and Pinot Noir from authentic Rheingau Terroir - that's our passion
Our vineyards along the Rhine river in the Rheingau are spread over 17 single vineyards in 8 villages
Our wines from the specific vineyard sites displaying unique characteristics of top quality.
Sparkling wines produced with the traditional method of bottle fermentation.
Our wines are made according to the strict growing and winemaking criteria of the Charta foundation and the VDP .Pyramid (comparable to the French Grand Cru system)
Our wines are well recognized by the grape key logo on the wine labels.
Each sip full of joy!
You can find our wines in restaurants, specialized wine stores in Germany and also in diffrent countries including Great Britain, USA, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, China and the Czech Republic.
If you are interested in our wines and want to know how to get our wines, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
... said by a sommeliere about us.
Our vineyards are spread over 17 different single vineyard sites in eight different villages along the Rhine River in the Rheingau region.
This is quite unusual, however it offers you the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the Rheingau region. Below is an overview of our major vineyard sites.
The soils types of our vineyards include sand, loess, marl, slate to meadow with a slope gradient vary from gentle to steep slope sites.
Please find here our vineyard map:
The Rheingau is characterized by its geographic position with only south facing slopes and the lake like Rhine river. The deep clay soils have good water-holding capacity 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. The use of natural grape growing methods and no pesticides, combined with minimum yields is the base for quality, which is further improved by a late, selective hand harvest.
Our winemaking criteria
selective harvesting by hand
several selections of grapes on the vine
attention to details in all aspects of crushing and processing of the grapes
slow, controlled fermentation for better flavor development
fermentation in oak barrels in combination with stainless steel
red wines in traditional oak barrels and barriques
*Through research for factors such as soil texture, sun exposure and available water supply, Rheingau vineyard sites are analyued. Only the special and best sites or parts of single sites are classified by the name “VDP.Grosse Lage” and "VDP.Erste LAGE".
To meet these quality designations, by specific vineyard factors in addition to strictly reduced yields requirements, the wines have to pass a sensory test by a professional jury.
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 (VDP) in which the quality of a wine is defined according to “terroir,” i.e., origin and quality are inherently linked. Wineries must follow specific standards shich are morge strringent than the official German wine law. 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 in used to classify our wines.
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.
Traditional varieties that are best suited to a particular site or parcel, as prescribed by each region. For additional details, please see the regional list of permissible grape varieties at the end of this section. (1).
Reduced yields of 60/hl/ha
Harvest method and ripeness level
Grapes are harvested selectively, by hand. The harvest fruit must be physiologically fully ripe.
The wines are produced exclusively by traditional winemaking techniques.
In addition to regular VDP estate inspections, quality-oriented measures in the vineyard are monitored in every site in which grapes for VDP.ERSTE LAGE© are grown. Before receiving VDP.ERSTE LAGE© status, the wines are critically tasted, evaluated, and examined for compliance with regional guidelines.
A dry wine from a VDP.ERSTE LAGE© is labeled Qualitätswein trocken and does not bear a Prädikat. ***
A wine that legally qualifies as an off-dry Qualitätswein needs no additional terminology – the use of the adjective halbtrocken is optional. The same applies to the adjective feinherb.
VDP.ERSTE LAGE© wines with residual sweetness are labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese), provided they qualify for a specific Prädikat.
A combination of the name of the village and site is the appellation of origin of a VDP.ERSTE LAGE© wine. It is indicated on the label along with the name of the wine estate and the grape variety. The use of a strip on the capsule to identify a VDP.ERSTE LAGE© wine is mandatory.
VDP.ERSTE LAGE wines make their market debut at the annual Mainzer Weinbörse trade fair at the end of April, in the year after which the grapes were harvested.