The Mosel region’s generally cool climate, its steep, south-facing slopes, and the moderating effect of the river create ideal conditions for Riesling. The southerly exposure guarantees sunlight from morning to evening, while the steepness provides a more direct inclination of sunlight at our northern latitude. These conditions create a long growing season, which allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining their refreshing acidity.
The stony slate soil, which can be seen on the surface of the vineyard, reflects sunlight to the grapes during the day while retaining heat throughout the cool nights. The slate has a high content of potassium and other minerals, making it a rich, natural source of nutrients for the vines. Thin, rocky topsoil forces the vines to dig deep for water, producing vibrant wines that capture the lively and distinctive mineral character of the soil.
Due to our very stony, well-drained soils, a large part of the Mosel region is still free from phylloxera. In it’s best sites, Dr. Loosen has vines that are up to 130 years old, on original rootstock. Old vines are less vigorous and produce wines that are naturally more concentrated and expressive of their terroir.