Take a short drive on the wild side from the sleepy spa town of Bad Kreuznach on the Nahe to the valley of the Alsenz and the Rotenberg.
When you reach the top of the steepest and most windswept of our 7 GG / Grand Cru vineyards and look out over the valley it feels like you have reached the end of Germany, or maybe gone back in time by centuries. However, this wine semi-wilderness is resurgent in the 21st century! We recently planted another hectare here taking our holdings to four; we believe in the future of this little-known Grand Cru.
Where it is exposed, the red rhyolite bedrock of this precipitous slope looks like the surface of Mars! This gives Rotenberg the dry Riesling GGs from this site (first vintage 2015) a smoked bacon character that’s married to fine stone and citrus fruit aromas. Like them, the naturally sweet Riesling Kabinett (no site designation) and Spätlese from here have a primal freshness that reminds us of windy days when the clouds scud low over the slopes of the Alsenz Valley.