"Crazy hilly terrain."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As the name suggests, the so-called Rotliegend (“red-liner”), a red-colored volcanic rock, called rhyolite tuff, provides deep and delicately spicy Rieslings. The site name is based on the popular, up until the 17th century, method of mixing wine with herbs, which were specifically planted for this purpose in a Würzgarten (“spice garden”).
The relatively dark surface soil warms up quickly and is sufficiently aerated thanks to its loose structure. The clayey loam soil underneath is able to retain moisture for quite a long time. Even if the main root is not too deep into the ground, the vine can use the stored moisture deeper down as a water reservoir. The nutrient supply is for a slightly acidic, lime-free, and iron-rich soil sufficient.
53 ha, from which 1.1 ha belong to Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier
120–320 meters above sea level
South to east-southeast
A ferruginous, red clayey slate soil with rhyolite tuff and colored sandstone; stony
Unique for its rhyolite tuff soil that gives the wines their distinctive character
Fragrant and spicy wines with fine acidity and a clear structure and good aging potential