The varieties:

Our vineyards consist of 4,2 ha all told. Situated in the heart of the classic Riesling region we do of course pay due respect to this vine variety: three quarters of our vines are Riesling. Long before it was introduced, however, Elbling was the kind of vine the Romans used to grow on the Mosel some 2000 years ago, and so do we in the few vineyards we possess there. Apart from the popular Rivaner and Weissburgunder with their low content of acids, the rather more special varieties Ortega and Regent (as our only "red") complete our assortment.
Click on the various varieties to learn more about their characteristics and history.

74% Riesling
6% Elbling
7% Rivaner (Müller-Thurgau)
6% Weißburgunder
3% Ortega
3% Regent
1% Bacchus

The sites:

In the course of our winery's 190 year-old history we have acquired vineyards in practically all adjoining communities which have for centuries been the centre of Saarwein cultivation. Depending on the different nature of the sites and their varying conditions (soil, microclimate, exposure to sunlight, steepness of slope etc.) each of them shows distinctly individual characteristics and potential which affect the grapevines and should express themselves in the final product - our wine. 

Kanzemer Altenberg ("old mountain"): steep site rising directly from the Saar with full southerly exposure. Of this site, the best known of Kanzem and in fact world famous, we took over two parcels in 1999, and we gladly enjoy a superb view onto this renowned slope from our winery.

Wawerner Ritterpfad ("path of knights"): Profound, quickly warming soil of finely weathered blue devon slate with full southerly exposure grants prime conditions for excellent wines, which by their slender elegance and exemplary play of fruity tinges reveal themselves as typical Saar Rieslings.

Filzener Steinberger ("stony mountain"): This small vineyard site lies exactly above the Filzener Urbelt site and shares its south-southwesterly exposure. As the name already indicates, the soil contains a high percentage of (unweathered) slate. The wines grown here are deliciously light, fruity, preferably of semi-dry style.


Kanzemer Sonnenberg ("sunny mountain"): South-southwesterly exposed steep site on the slope of the Saar canal with fine soil containing high proportions of weathered slate. The wines from this site display a delicate fruity fragrance and taste and mature more quickly than others.

Ayler Kupp (Kupp just meaning "hill"): Exclusively steep site sloping in southerly direction, marked by the classic blue shimmering slately soil of devonian origin. Its delicately fruity wines tend to contain high quantities of tataric acid which is harmoniously counterbalanced by residual sugar. Parcels of this slope - again one of the top sites of the Saar -have attestedly been in our possession already in 1813.

Wiltinger Schlangengraben ("trench of snakes"): Sloping site facing south with rich, profound slately soil interspersed with red iron ore. These special features naturally manifest themselves in the wines, too, by enriching their fruity flavour with an additional mineral note.

Wiltinger Klosterberg ("mountain of the monastery"): This very steep site (with a slope up to 60%) with extremely fine slately soil faces southwest. Its wines are marked by their slender fruitiness and freshness.


Wiltinger Schlossberg ("mountain of the castle"): This site with a south-southeastern exposure is the steepest we have with a gradient of more than 70%. In the course of a reparcelling of the argricultural land in our community it had to be given up for some years. We had some arduous labour while replanting our shares of the site in 1998, but now Riesling vines grow on the steepest plots once more. Their yield is deliberately kept low, because this shortage in quantity is more than compensated by increasing quality. The deep slately soil, interspersed with clay, acts as a natural moisture reservoir for dry summer times. The lower part of this Schlossberg site has been given to our only red grape variety, the new Regent vine from which we presently develop our first rosé. Last, but not least, at the bottom of the hill near the river shore, our Weissburgunder vines stand in line.


Wiltinger Braunfels: ("brown rock"): Exposed to the southwest, this steep site adjoins the legendary Scharzhofberg. To unfold the typical notes of the grapes grown from its finely weathered slately soil they are developed as dry or semi-dry style Riesling wines.


Filzener Urbelt: A small but excellent single site facing southwest, good for extraordinary vintages of delicate fragrant wines with great depth from time to time.

Filzener Unterberg ("lower mountain"): This large field of gently sloping vineyards is reserved for our Rivaner and Ortega vines. Refreshing by their fruitiness though low in acidity, their yield rounds off our assortment of wines dominated by Rieslings.

Igeler Dullgärten: The present owner's wife had the kindness to bring this site as her dowry, and it's the only site we have on the Mosel. Conditions are different here: The vineyards consists basically of Muschelkalk soil and are suitable for our dry Elbling wines with their rich aroma which are always pleasant to drink and very popular as typical summer wines. But particularly its secondary product, our Sekt made from these Elbling wines, has been asked for over the last few years.




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