Nussbrunnen VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
The Nussbrunnen in Hattenheim, a south-southeast facing vineyard, gets its name from a spring whose source can still be seen today and which used to be surrounded by walnut trees.
The Nussbrunnen lies on the lower area of Hattenheim, which borders on the Wisselbrunnen at a height of 87 meters above sea level and is well protected from the cold northerly winds.
Because of the impermeable layers under the ground, the deep loess soil allows water to be supplied laterally and also guarantees an excellent water supply in dry years.
Wisselbrunnen VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
The origin of the site’s name is open to theory. On the one hand, Wisselbrunnen could derive from “Wiesel”, i.e. weasel, or “Wiese”, meaning meadow. Others see an affinity with the Latin “fistula”, or pipe(s), in reference to the “Brunnen”, or spring, located there.
The vineyard lies 100 meters/328 feet above sea level and faces south-southwest, an optimal position for absorbing solar radiation.
The light, tertiary marl soils have a good water balance so that even in very dry years, grapes can ripen extremely well.
Hassel VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
The Hassel vineyard slopes gently southwards and lies some 100 metres above sea level. It was first recorded in documents in the 14th century as “zu hasele”, named after the hazel bush. In the 19th century the vineyard was known as “hasselt”. The soil consists of deep loess and loess-loam. This provides good water retention capacity, which means that excellent qualities can grow even in dry years.
The microclimate is also characterised by the special heat retention capacity of the soil and by the location, which is protected from the wind. The classified areas of Hassel directly adjoin Brunnenlagen, Wisselbrunnen, Nussbrunnen and Marcobrunn, from where there is a magnificent sweeping vista over the adjoining vineyards and the Rhein at its widest point. With its tenderly delineated riverside forests and the Mariannenaue the impression is conveyed of a large calm lake.
Source: G. Lang
Schützenhaus VDP.ERSTE LAGE®
To the west, directly above the Pfaffenberg, the vineyard climbs with a slight gradient from 100 metres/328 feet above sea level to 150 metres/492 feet above sea level. The vineyard, which faces south-southwest, is bordered in the east by the rural road to Kloster Eberbach and in the west by the rural road to Hallgarten.
The relatively long vineyard slopes gently westwards and is therefore protected from extreme east winds. The name is derived from a hut that afforded the “vineyard keeper” who watched over the vineyards prior to the harvest shelter during bad weather.
He used a blank cartridge pistol to drive away the starlings that wanted to attack the sweet grapes.
In the region of Leimersbach and the B42 there are meadows that become areas of deep loess and loess-loam in places.
In some places there are also admixtures of tertiary marl soils. The deep soil ensures high water retention capacity, guaranteeing the availability of water and nutrients in dry years. This ensures that the conditions for producing wines that are rich in extracts are met.
Engelmannsberg VDP.ERSTE LAGE®
This vineyard is named after the servant-knight Engilmann and his wife, Elisabeth von Hattenheim, who donated all their possessions to the Eberbach Monastery in 1321. It slopes gently southwest. The soil is rich in loess and is very hard and deep. The vines that thrive there produce full-bodied wines with a rich bouquet.
Jungfer VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
The site “Jungfer” is situated at the edge of the eastern border of Hallgarten. It owes its name to the Cistercian monks of the neighboring Monastery Eberbach. They dedicated this vineyard to the Holy Virgin Mary.
The south- and southwest-facing gently inclined vineyards are exposed to the sun and the high percentage of quartzite in the sand-rich soil additionally stores the heat. A cone-shaped sink offers the vines protection from cold wind and that’s why fresh elegant Riesling wines with strong mineral character can grow here.