The VDP.GROSSE LAGE® GOLDTRÖPFCHEN resembles a huge amphitheatre that surrounds Piesport on the outer bend of the Mosel. The exposition turns from southeast to south to southwest. The sunshine duration in the vineyard is long and the east and west slopes shield the sides opposite from wind. The vineyard is extremely steep in some places and rises from 120 to 200 meters a.s.l. at a slope gradient of 30 to 70 percent. The easily warmed soil is comprised of deep, very weathered, dark Devon slate that contains quartz and minerals. In some places there is a high share of fine earth. The site generally has good available water capacity.
History: The name “Goldtröpfchen” means “gold droplet” and varies theories about its origin exist. It could possible come from the Celtic word for hill or mountain, “col”. Another hypothesis points to the glittery soil or golden drops of liquid that form on the ripe or botrytized grapes as a name source. Then again, even the value of the wine can be compared to gold. What is known for certain is that the Romans grew wine here in the year 371.