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.
Grapes that have ripened early are harvested first and used in the production of the VDP.Gutswein. The Premier Cru harvest of the Gimmeldingen Biengarten site takes place after the early harvest, over the course of one or two rounds of harvesting. The grapes are selected according to strict criteria, taking only healthy grapes at the peak of ripeness, harvested at just the right time. This site yields only 45hl/ha which ensures that the grapes achieve their optimal flavor.
The whole grapes are carefully transported to the pressing room, the “Kelterhaus”, where they are crushed. After a short period of maceration lasting between 3 and 6 hours, the grapes are slowly and carefully pressed. The must is left to settle overnight and is then fermented using yeast produced by our winery. Until it is ready to be bottled, the unfined and untreated wine is left to mature on the lees and fine lees in both stainless steel vats and large, traditional wooden barrels.