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The »Rote Hang« and the white-yellow limestone

Every grapevine and later wine is formed by its soil. As a vintner you're thankful to have a fascinating soil. But we feel really lucky to have 2 different thrilling soils in our homeland.


The soil of the single-vineyard PETTENTHAL has only a thin layer until the roots get to the massive rock. These meager conditions cause slow growth with small grapes and berries.



For years we produce very mineral and complex Rieslings out of our old ORBEL vineyard. Throughout the whole vegetation period the grapes are treated by warmth and light of the direct sun in this steep area. In the end we harvest golden-yellow Riesling grapes with small berries. 



The vineyard site HEILIGENBAUM is the smallest vineyard in the Rote Hang (red hillside). The southern exposure of this vineyard leads to high daily temperatures and very good insolation. The vineyard is surrounded by an old rubble wall. This wall is protecting from wind and giving a unique micro climate.


The »Rote Hang« (red hillside next to Nierstein)

The red soil occurred over 280 million years ago. At this time there didn't even exist big dinosaurs and 278 million years later the first human beings came into this world. 

The reason for the red colour are the iron compounds, that were composed under subtropical climate conditions.Due to the pressure of the superposition for million of years the clay mud became clay stone and the lose sand became solide sandstone. The nature of this red soil is similar to slate. 

The yellow limestone

This soil evolved from limestones, that were leftovers from a calcareous reef. This reef covered the whole region Rheinhessen in a tropical sea 23 million years ago. In every vineyard of the Paterberg can be found massive limestone. For many years the roots of the grapevine grow through these stony soils and absorb the minerals out of these stones.