Vineyard Sites

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium has holdings in the internationally renowned steep slate slopes of the Middle Mosel: Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst, Bernkasteler Badstube, and Trittenheimer Apotheke. On the Saar, near Trier, they farm about 13 hectares in Falkensteiner Hofberg. In total, about a 25-hectare area under vines is planted exclusively to Riesling.

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Bernkasteler

On the steep slate slopes of finely weathered soil, we produce very fresh, lively, typical Mosel Riesling with good acidity and longevity.

 

The grapes from the Grosslage, or collective site, of Bernkasteler Badstube are used to make an off-dry Riesling, designated feinherb. In addition, Badstube is well-placed and actually smaller than many single vineyards. On the label is only the village name. In the 19th century, it was common practice to use just the village name.

 

In 2011, the site was replanted because of a land consolidation process, called Flurbereinigung. A Bernkasteler wine will be available again in 2015.


Falkensteiner

Falkenstein is located in Konzer Tälchen in a side valley of the Saar region. The Rieslings from the weathered slate soil have a characteristic spicy, herbal quality and have therefore lots of fans.

 

The Riesling from Falkensteiner Hofberg is made in an off-dry style, called feinherb, and designated by its locality. In other words, only the place, appears on the label. This was a common practice in the 19th century.

Graacher Himmelreich

The steep south-to-southwest facing slopes with a deep top soil of weathered slate soak up a lot of sun and store the heat well and are usually sufficiently supplied with water even in drought periods.

Graacher Domprobst

The site is similar to Graacher Himmelreich, but tastes always very different. It has a pronounced mineral structure and is quite complex. The steep south-to-southwest facing slopes with a deep top soil of weathered slate soak up a lot of sun and store the heat well and are usually sufficiently supplied with water even in drought periods.

Trittenheimer Apotheke

Trittenheimer Apotheke is one of the best steep slope sites on the Middle Mosel. The Rieslings from the slate soil are full of character with subtle flavors and a ripe, compact structure. Daniel Deckers describes the wines from the “majestic steep vineyard” as mineral, elegant, never fat, and with a subtle note of fresh herbs.