A detail from the 1868 Prussian vineyard tax assessment map shows the area between the villages of Bernkastel and Erden. The finest, most highly valued vineyards are shown in dark red.

Classified Quality

The vineyards of Dr. Loosen owe their excellent quality to three major factors: the cool climate of the middle Mosel area, the mineral-rich slate and volcanic soils, and the extreme age of the estate’s ungrafted Riesling vines. These elements are the building blocks of the unique terroir that enables each vineyard site to produce extraordinary, distinctive wines.

All of Dr. Loosen’s six major vineyards were designated as Erste Lage (equivalent to grand cru) in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards. Undertaken for tax assessment purposes, this classification predates the grand cru system in Burgundy, and was updated by Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson in the Wine Atlas of Germany (1995).

We use this historically affirmed classification at Dr. Loosen. Only wines from the six top-rated sites (indicated on the map to the right) are bottled with a single-vineyard designation. All others are labeled simply as estate wines.

Please note: The vineyard classification used at Dr. Loosen is based on historical records, but is an unofficial, internal rating not recognized by German wine law.