The VDP.Erste Lage Kapellenberg in Gimmeldigen forms the southeast slope of a vineyard situated high up in the foothills of the Haardt mountain range. The vineyard borders the Mandelgarten site to the east and continues its neighbour’s uphill slope. The chapel of St Nicholas, situated in Lobloch below the vineyard, gives the site its name. This vineyard appeared in the Royal Bavarian Soil Survey (Kgl. Bay. Bodenbewertung) of 1828, where it is listed among the premier sites in Gimmeldingen.
The entire hillside lies on a foundation of limestone. This has been covered by gritty layers of red sandstone, eroded and deposited over millennia from the Upper Rhine Plain above the site. The earth produces wines with a high minerality which often have intensive notes of flint. At the same time, the site benefits from a characteristic typical of vineyards in Gimmeldingen, namely the influx of cold air at night from the Palatinate forest. This lends the wine a cool, tension-filled aroma. The peach and apricot flavours, so typical of Palatinate wines, dance in the background. This is a wine with delicate complexity and abundant elegance. Though the wine drinks well when young, the full flavours can only be truly discovered after aging.
Grapes that have ripened early are harvested first and used in the production of the VDP.Gutswein. The Premier Cru harvest of the Kapellenberg site in Gimmeldingen 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.