Wehlener Klosterberg vineyard is located next to the “Kloster Machern” monastery, which is located on the steeply sloping side valley of the Mosel River on the opposite bank of the wine village Zeltingen. The clearing and cultivation of this vineyard site was carried out by the founder of our winery Carl Hubert Berres in 1856. The Wehlener Klosterberg is a southern faced slope with a light to moderate, stone slate soil which produces minerals and long-living wines with a delicate and fine fruit. We do not vinify the grapes coming form this mountainside as single-vineyard wines, instead it delivers the base wine and the backbone for our Estate-Riesling IMPULSE.
This vineyard is located on the opposite side of the river to the village of Zeltingen. The vineyard is next to the Ürziger Würzgarten on one side and borders upstream to the abbey and the Wehlener Klosterberg on the other. Comprised of mainly steep slopes and slightly more oriented to the east, the orientation changes upstream turning then to the south. The soil is very fine and consists of weathered red schist with strong elements of “Rotliegenden”, a very heavy iron containing red soil. The wines formed by this vineyard are strong, crisp, with an elegant, fresh acidity. The Zeltinger Deutschherrenberg is no longer vinified as a single-vineyard wine, but enriches the blend of our Estate Riesling.
Due to its red, iron-containing soil, the Ürziger Würzgarten is a treasure and an well-renowned site within the Middle Mosel area, with its fine slate soil, it is considered one of the top Grand Cru vineyards in Germany. The soil of the Würzgarten was moved from the Wittlicher valley by a glacier during the ice age, it is not local to the Mosel valley, this makes it rare and special. In addition to red schist and red sandstone, it containts very fine clay sediments the so called “Rotliegende”. The soil has a low pH and a lot of iron. The wines grown in the Würzgarten site have a unique character, a lush fruitiness and a typical herbal flavour. The bouquet shows more minerals and is dominated by a symphony of brown spices such as clove and nutmeg, paired with a crisp, savory and invigorating fruit acidity. This enhances wines which are especially fruit driven with residual sweetness bringing the sugar to a perfect balance with the acidity and creating a great, long lasting mouth feel.
With less than 0,3ha size, the Ürziger Goldwingert vineyard is one of the smallest, classified single-vineyards in Germany. The site has been in family ownership for many generations and is wholly owned by the Berres family, together with the co-owner of the the former Peter Nicolay Estate (until 1986). These holdings were brought as a dowry by Helga Berres to the Dr. Pauly family. At about 110m above sea level, the vineyard almost starts on Mosel level with only 40 meters altitude difference from the lower part to the upper end of the vineyard. The Goldwingert is naturally sheltered by rocks on three sides. The vineyard is facing south which is perfect to collect a maximum of the sun’s rays. Together with the water of the Mosel an almost Mediterranean microclimate is formed. The ungrafted Riesling vines are planted on deep, grey-red to blue schist soil with a high quartz content. The wines from Goldwingert impress with elegance, combined with fine fruit flavors and an incredible balance. The Ürziger Goldwingert is regarded as the little brother of the Erdener Prälat, which is one of the most outstanding Grand Cru sites of the Mosel area.
One of the most legendary and famous vineyard sites of the Middle Mosel area. The Erdener Treppchen is one of the Grand Cru sites of the Mosel. With a slope of up to 62 °, the Treppchen is an extremely steep slope. The southern orientation to the sun guarantees a perfect exposure of the vines. The soil of Erdener Treppchen can be characterized by a not too dry, blue to grey schist soil. This favours very impressive full-bodied, delicate and fruity wines with great maturity potential as well as finesse. The wines of the Treppchen vineyard are very flowery and expressive in the nose. The bouquet resembles more of a spring meadow with many flowers than individual fruit flavors. Every year our dry style Kabinett comes from the Erdener Treppchen as well as some noble sweet specialties, if the weather conditions allow for this.
The Erdener Herrenberg vineyard is situated between the Erdener Treppchen and the Kinheimer Hubertuslay. It is located on the top of the Mosel valley at an altitude of 250-310m NN. The exposure to the wind on the upper part of the valley and the missing shelter by the valley itself forms a bit cooler micro climate. The soil at Erdener Herrenberg consists of 85% grey schist with 15% of finer sediments and is not quite as deep as the soils of the Kinheimer Hubertuslay vineyard. Especially in very warm, low-water years, Riesling wines from this region have a profoundly mineral character paired with very fruity notes. The wines have a ripe, subtle fruit-acid structure. Our vineyard is facing south / southwest and has a slope of 35 °. Wines from the Herrenberg vineyard have not been vinified as single-vineyard since 2003. Nowadays the wines from this area are an integral part of our Estate-Riesling “IMPULSE”.
The Kinheimer Hubertuslay close to the Erdener Herrenberg and located closer to Kinheim. The soil consists of 85% grey slate paired with fine loam sediments. The soil is slightly shallower and deeper in its structure than in the Herrenberg vineyard. Especially in hot and very dry years, this site shows its great potential and produces excellent Riesling wines with a lot of minerals and fruitiness. The vineyard faces mostly to the South / Southwest and has a slope of 15-35 °. Due to the unsheltered exposure at the top of the Mosel valley, the Kinheimer Hubertuslay is a bit cooler and more windy than the majority of our vineyards not least because of its altitude of 250-310m above sea level.