The VDP.Erste Lage vineyard in Gimmeldingen stretches across steep terraces and beautiful hillsides in the Haardt hills between Gimmeldingen and Königsbach. The site is protected from cold winds by a small hollow in the hillside. For this reason beekepers historically chose this site as they could release their bees earlier in spring here than on other sites. To this day the site is still used for beekeeping. This vineyard was given a premium rating in the Royal Bavarian Soil Survey (Kgl. Bay. Bodenbewertung) of 1828 and was declared a premier vineyard in Gimmeldingen.
The soil is made up of red sandstone and large amounts of loess loam with a high iron content. The microclimate that reigns here is typical for Gimmeldingen, characterized by the nightly cold breezes from the Palatinate forest. The stark difference between day and night temperatures results in a cool, tension-filled aroma and fine minerality. The wines have a delicate flavor with hints of fruit combined with plenty of spice and elegance.
Whilst young the wines delight with their youthful aromas but the wine’s truest qualities are released only after being stored for some years.