The VDP.First Site Spiess lies on the hillside overlooking Deidesheim and it is famous for the Riesling wines it produces. The name of the site comes from its form, which resembles a spearhead, “Spiess” meaning spear in German.
The Spiess site is the smallest of our Ruppertsberger vineyard sites, at 6 hectares and is surrounded by the larger Reiterpfad vineyard. The red sandstone terrace here slopes gently towards the east-southeast, comprised of soil deposited over millennia from the Haardt hillside.
This site’s exposed position, away from the shadow of the hills, affords the vines sun from early in the morning until late in the evening. As the Haardt hills are very enclosed between Ruppertsberg and Wachenheim, the vineyards here are well protected from the winds. This makes the Spiess one of our warmest vineyards.
The combination of high temperatures and red sandstone give the Spiess wines their extravagant fruitiness and opulence. The wines are consistently dense and complex, lingering on the palate. Whilst young the wines do of course delight with their youthful aromas but the wines’ truest qualities are released only after being stored for some years.
The VDP.First Site harvest of the Spiess site takes place after the early harvest. During one or two rounds of picking the grapes are selected according to strict criteria, taking only healthy grapes at the peak of ripeness. The yields are generally around 50hl/ha so that the grapes achieve optimal taste.
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 by the indegounus yeast from the vineyard. 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.