Our top vineyards Halenberg and Frühlingsplätzchen meet these prerequisites. Featuring steep south to southwest-facing inclines of up to 70%, these two sites are grateful recipients of Monzingen's 1,900 average hours of sunshine per year.
Our vines grow on stony soils that are typical of the slate-rich Wadern geological formation ("Waderner Schichten"). Here the grapes are normally much smaller than would otherwise be the case, and consequently all the more aromatic.
Strong thermal winds blow through our best plots - warm air currents that rise from the valley on sunny days and further increase the temperature in the vineyard. Falcons and buzzards like to ride these thermals and can often be seen circling effortlessly in the sky above. In turn, the nearby Soonwald forest provides a natural source of cooling air during the night. As our best vineyard blocks are not directly exposed to these cold drafts of nocturnal air, they are able to cool down more slowly. This is ideal for optimum aroma development in our grapes.