From Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese, we select the grapes for our classic Prädikat wines by hand. The range of wiens we can produce depends on the conditions that eachvintage offers us. The cool nights and damp morning mists in the Mosel valley create ideal conditions for Botrytis cinerea, the “noble rot”), which forms the unmistakable character of the Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese.
**In the Mosel wine region, the VDP. Regional Association waives the classification level VDP.ERSTE LAGE.
The name refers to the slate, which is particularly deep and weathered in this site and makes for heavier and deeper soil than in neighboring Wehlen and Graach. The Lay produces powerful, fruit-driven Rieslings, often with notes of green apple, white peach, and sometimes cassis.
Graach’s southwest-facing slope, next to the more famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr, has a particularly deep blue slate soil that combines Bernkastel’s power with Wehlen’s elegance. It produces very distinctive wines that have earthy notes as well as vibrant vineyard peach and herbal aromas. These wines always need some time to show their true greatness.
In this very steep vineyard grows one of the most elegant and perfumed white wines in the world. The stony, shallow blue slate soil gives the wine a delicate and fresh acidity and a unique elegance. In their youth, the wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr are the most charming of our estate, with the fragrance of white peach and green apple. With many years of bottle maturity, they can grow into legends.
Bright red and frighteningly steep, the Ürziger Würzgarten forms an amphitheater of Rotliegend unique to the Mosel. Here grow the grapes for great Rieslings with exotic spicy aromas and great depth. In some years, you can taste anise and even a hint of Gewürztraminer. The oldest vines of our winery grow in the Ürziger Würzgarten.
This vineyard is adjacent to the Prälat vineyard and is so steep that centuries ago stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-rich, red slate soil produces wines that are rich, racy and complex, with an intense mineral aftertaste.
This is undisputedly the best vineyard of the estate. With its exceptionally warm microclimate, perfect exposure to the south, and red slate soil, it produces Rieslings full of power, complexity and nobility. The protected vineyard location between the river and the rocky massif allows the production of high-quality dry wines and Botrytis selections. Typical for Prälat wines are fragrances of mango, passion fruit and bitter almonds. The wines from Erdener Prälat benefit greatly from a few years of bottle aging.