Our 5.5 hectare monopole Hermannsberg site stretches from the gateway to Gut Hermannsberg up to the estate house creating a scene reminiscent of a Bordeaux chateau with its vineyards. Except, that is, for the fact that here the vineyards are steeply sloping!
The dry whites from here are never spectacular when young, rather cool and poised, in spite of their generosity and peachy aromas. It takes some of aging in the bottle for all their seductive nuances of flavour to completely unfold, but when they do they have a ravishing beauty. No wonder these are the dry Rieslings from Gut Hermannsberg with the widest appeal.
What you can’t see so easily when you drive through the Hermannsberg is how it is the only one of our 7 GG / Grand Cru vineyard sites with a clay-slate bedrock; the source of the wines’ delicate minerality. A layer of wind-borne loess on top of this gives the wines their richness. Next to the sought-after Hermannsberg GG we also produce a village wine called Vom Schiefer. It comes mostly from younger Riesling vines in this great vineyard and is released about half a year after the harvest. For the GG you need to wait two years from the date of picking, but then this long-distance runner is only at the beginning of its marathon. How briskly it crosses the finishing line years or decades later when it lands in your glass!