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Geisenheimer Rothenberg: the rediscovery of great vineyard site ...

 ... has been put into the limelight to a greater extend through a press release by Tre Torri Publishing House on March 11th, 2011. 

But let`s take one thing at a time:

During the 1980s, through an extensive lease contract, we were able to cultivate around 6 ha steep slope vineyards in the Geisenheimer Rothenberg. This vineyard always has been and still is today essentially contributing to our Geheimrat "J".

Under the guidance of the cellarer at this time Oliver Haag, we took the offenisve and with vintage 2000 produced noble sweet wines from this terroir. This wine succeeded at the 2003 New York Wine Experience, when presented to 1500 international wine aficionados at Time Square.

Since the beginning of this century, we were able to harvest a Geisenheimer Rothenberg Trockenbeerenauslese in the years of 2003, 2005 and 2007 - always with a must weight of 300° Oechsle. And yet in 2005, 2007 and 2009 the Trockenbeerenauslese wines from this vineyard each marked the highest must weight of the respective year throughout the wohle of Germany.

In the year 2010, we took the golden chance to purchase a total of 5,6 ha steep slope vineyards, just below the front escarpment of the Geisenheimer Rothenberg. The vines here are aged between 24 and 56 years.

In the same year, we introduced our great, dry terroir-wine out of this site. With extremest selection and reduction of the yield by hectare we were able to vinificate a dry wine of enormous abundance and force. It is so to say a counterpoint to Geheimrat "J", which is representing a more elegant Riesling, full of minerals.

The Geisenheimer Rothenberg is rounding off the prime segment of our portfolio. The wine`s first vintage of 2009 had been sold out within only a few months after its release.

When in March 2011 the news of the sensational discovery of the oldest map of vineyard classification was published, we were of course very pleased. This was like a 150 year old confirmation of what we had alreaedy presumed: the steep slopes of the Geisenheimer Rothenberg were classisfied with the highest status of Category I on this map. So already back in 1867, the site had been in the noble company of the mountain sites of Rüdesheim, Schloss Johannisberg, Erbacher Steinberg and Marcobrunn as well as Kiedricher Gräfenberg - just to mention a few of them.

Geisenheimer Rothenberg wines 

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