Climate, Soil, Vineyards

When God created the world he left a small piece of the Mediterranean in Germany – the Pfalz

Here in the Pfalz, almonds, figs, kiwis and citrus fruits grow together with palms, olives, agaves and cypress trees as well as oleander bushes.

Climate

We are blessed with the ideal climate for growing vines – even demanding, particularly sun-loving non-native varieties thrive here.

Soil

A top layer of loess loam ranging from 20 cm to several metres in depth.

Limestone
Limestone can be found in the subsoil of most of our best vineyards, in some sites such as "Steinbückel", "Mergelweg" and " Im großen Garten" thick limestone ridges can be found.

Sand and gravel
These components stemming from sedimentary deposition from the River Rhine, can mainly be found in the subsoil of vineyards such as "Großkarlbacher Osterberg" and even more so in the "Laumersheimer Kapellenberg". Wines originating from these sandier soils are finer and more delicate, well-structured and long-lasting, ideal for Riesling.

Our Vineyards

Our vineyards stretch from the Freinsheimer Höhe in the south to the neighbouring village of Dirmstein in the north.

Großkarlbacher Osterberg

This relatively large heterogeneous single vineyard is partly located in the wind-exposed Freinsheimer Höhe and partly on protected valley slopes. Loess and loam top soil covers sand and gravel.

Laumersheimer Kapellenberg

This vineyard stretches over two neighbouring hills, here again sand and gravel domintae. The component of sand in the top soil is significantly higher than in the Osterberg. The white wines from this site are more readily accessible than those from soils with a higher limestone content. Rieslings from this vineyard are fine and elegant with clear structure. The red wines impress with their wonderful fruit.

Großkarlbacher Burgweg

This is certainly one of our finest vineyards, we are lucky to own the best parcel, ‘Im großen Garten‘, almost exclusively. On the steep southern slopes of the Eckbach Valley grow our most concentrated wines. The limestone soils resemble those of the Côte d'Or, this is why Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes dominate here. We have planted superior Pinot Noir clones here, which we hope will bring exceptional wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grow on the gravel part of the slope, important components of our premium red, ‘Cuvée X’.
The ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ grown here surprises through its extraordinary diversity. In other parts of the ‘Burgweg’, limestone is covered by a thin loess / loam layer creating ideal conditions for full-bodied and voluptuous wines. We also cultivate the old Pfalz grape variety ‘St. Laurent’   in this vineyard.

Laumersheimer Kirschgarten

This vineyard consists of limestone covered in layers of varying depth of loess and loam and is hence first-rate for red wine.The finest Cabernet Sauvignon grows on shallow limestone, forming the backbone for our ‘Cuvée X’. In the southern part of the vineyard in the parcel ‘Mergelweg’ limestone is responsible for concentrated and complex Pinot Noirs.

Laumersheimer Steinbuckel

This is a first-class vineyard, at its core, the ‘Halde’. From 1971 this site was known as ‘Mandelberg’ and was only renamed ‘Steinbuckel’ in 2009. Just as in the ‘Kirschgarten’, this vineyard is dominated by limestone. The end results are premium, mineralic Rieslings with long ageing potential.
Even our Pinot Gris growing here are so ripe and rich that they are predestined for vinification in barrique.
Limestone is also responsible for the mineralic depth of our Pinot Noirs.

Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad

The core parcel of this outstanding ‘Himmelsrech‘ has been renowned in the region for centuries, we have cultivated this parcel since 2001. A steep, south facing slope combined with a valley basin that closes to the west makes this a well protected, warm vineyard.
Deep loess and limestone dominate to the east, whilst the limestone reduces to the west. This is an excellent Riesling vineyard bringing authentic wines with opulent fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also find ideal growing conditions here.

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