Westhofen

The common roots of my childhood and my wines. Grapevines thrive in Westhofen’s clayey marl soils and limestone deposits. There are layers of limestone meandering through the substrate, channeling water and ensuring the plants have enough to drink even in the hottest parts of summer. Our Ortswein are produced exclusively from grapes grown in our Große Lage vineyards such as Morstein and Kirchspiel and our monopole site, the Benn.

 

Clos Catherine

An unwalled vineyard planted on the edges of Westhofen. It's a bit like being in Burgundy, with closely planted rows of mossy, gnarled vines: an enchanted corner of the world that hums, buzzes and blooms. This is the home to the vines for my "Alte Reben" wine — 100% ancient Sylvaner stock. A tradition that I hold near and dear to my heart! Pour toujours…

 

Benn - Monopole

This monopole is the smallest vineyard in Westhofen. It has also been in my family for generations. Its limestone-rich soils are planted with over 50-year-old Riesling vines.  As the cradle for our distinctive Rieslings, the Benn is a treasure that I am proud to tend and preserve.

Morstein

The first written record of the "Marstein", meaning a boundary marker, dates back to 1282. However, recent archaeological studies have shown that the Romans actually cultivated grapes here long before then. Our Morstein wine comes from a cool, relatively high situated parcel laced primarily with clayey marl and limestone along a 20-25% gradient. In 2012, the south-facing vineyard was replanted with Riesling clones from the Mosel Valley. The vines must dig deep into the stony limestone subsoil to reach the water and mineral-rich limestone layers below. Morstein delivers dark, powerful Rieslings of tremendous length.

Kirchspiel

This renowned Westhofen vineyard opens up like an amphitheater toward the Rhine. Our parcels are in blocks nicknamed "Großer Kirchspiel" and "Kleiner Kirchspiel". The fruit for my "Schweisströpfchen" comes from small, terraced parcels where the view runs out as far as the eye can see. The site faces south and southeast and enjoys notable shelter from the wind. It is a steep 30% gradient, but warms quickly and holds that heat. Strong veins of limestone provide the craggy subsoil here with an almost skeleton-like structure, which is then overlaid with layers of clayey marl. Defined by its dancing fruit and minerality, the Kirchspiel offers a beautiful marriage of elegance and length. Honed by the pure limestone below, its wines are perpetually steely and precise.

Schweisströpfchen

The name of the wine pays homage to the small plot on which it grows. This tiny Riesling parcel high above the Westhofener Kirchspiel earned its name from its heavy clay and limestone-laced soil. Sweat and toil are required to bring out its best. That passion is an ever-present part of ourselves in these juicy, elegant bottles.

Westhofen

The common roots of my childhood and my wines. Grapevines thrive in Westhofen’s clayey marl soils and limestone deposits. There are layers of limestone meandering through the substrate, channeling water and ensuring the plants have enough to drink even in the hottest parts of summer. Our Ortswein are produced exclusively from grapes grown in our Große Lage vineyards such as Morstein and Kirchspiel and our monopole site, the Benn.

 

Clos Catherine

An unwalled vineyard planted on the edges of Westhofen. It's a bit like being in Burgundy, with closely planted rows of mossy, gnarled vines: an enchanted corner of the world that hums, buzzes and blooms. This is the home to the vines for my "Alte Reben" wine — 100% ancient Sylvaner stock. A tradition that I hold near and dear to my heart! Pour toujours…

 

Benn - Monopole

This monopole is the smallest vineyard in Westhofen. It has also been in my family for generations. Its limestone-rich soils are planted with over 50-year-old Riesling vines.  As the cradle for our distinctive Rieslings, the Benn is a treasure that I am proud to tend and preserve.

Morstein

The first written record of the "Marstein", meaning a boundary marker, dates back to 1282. However, recent archaeological studies have shown that the Romans actually cultivated grapes here long before then. Our Morstein wine comes from a cool, relatively high situated parcel laced primarily with clayey marl and limestone along a 20-25% gradient. In 2012, the south-facing vineyard was replanted with Riesling clones from the Mosel Valley. The vines must dig deep into the stony limestone subsoil to reach the water and mineral-rich limestone layers below. Morstein delivers dark, powerful Rieslings of tremendous length.

Kirchspiel

This renowned Westhofen vineyard opens up like an amphitheater toward the Rhine. Our parcels are in blocks nicknamed "Großer Kirchspiel" and "Kleiner Kirchspiel". The fruit for my "Schweisströpfchen" comes from small, terraced parcels where the view runs out as far as the eye can see. The site faces south and southeast and enjoys notable shelter from the wind. It is a steep 30% gradient, but warms quickly and holds that heat. Strong veins of limestone provide the craggy subsoil here with an almost skeleton-like structure, which is then overlaid with layers of clayey marl. Defined by its dancing fruit and minerality, the Kirchspiel offers a beautiful marriage of elegance and length. Honed by the pure limestone below, its wines are perpetually steely and precise.

Schweisströpfchen

The name of the wine pays homage to the small plot on which it grows. This tiny Riesling parcel high above the Westhofener Kirchspiel earned its name from its heavy clay and limestone-laced soil. Sweat and toil are required to bring out its best. That passion is an ever-present part of ourselves in these juicy, elegant bottles.

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