The winery is located in the Terrassen-Mosel, the most northern part of the Mosel valley. It is the warmest area within the Mosel appellation and the second warmest area in Germany (after Kaiserstuhl, Baden). This warm micro-climate and the use of terraces along the south facing slopes allows the vines to grow to full ripeness despite the northern location.
The northern part of the Mosel valley is very narrow and the vineyards are terraced, because the incline in parts exceeds 70%. For example the Uhlen grand cru vineyard has as many as 25 terraces from valley floor to the rim.
The use of machinery is impossible and all work including harvesting is done by hand. The only mechanical help available is a so-called Monorail allowing material transport in and out of the vineyards.
The terraced walls often date back over 1.000 years and are mostly dry-stacked without the use of mortar, yet maintain stability over centuries.
Von Schleinitz Estate Vineyards
Located in the best sites of the Mosel valley
The UHLEN vineyard (grand cru) is one of the steepest vineyards in the Mosel valley. Completely south-facing, it receives the most intense sun exposure in the region. At low yields, the wines reflect the iron mineral elements of the red slate soil. Konrad Hähn uses the high quality grapes of this vineyard mostly for his dry wines, which are full-bodied and show a spicy mineral component.
The WEISSENBERG vineyard is facing south-east and has predominantly grey weathered slate. Here the wines are minerally and sleek. They tend to be elegant and fruit-focused. The grapes are mostly used to produce medium dry and sweeter style wines. Late harvest and dessert wines mostly come from this vineyard.