Rising at a 45 % slope gradient from 140 to 160 metres a.s.l., the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® HÖLLENBERG is among the steepest vineyards in the Rheingau. The greater part of the vineyard is on south and south-southeast facing slopes of the Eichbachtal, a side valley of the Rhine near Assmannshausen in the lower Rheingau. Purple phyllite slate is a typical component of the GL HÖLLENBERG soils, which lends good capacity to store warmth. The Rhine River further enhances stable temperatures. The GL HÖLLENBERG is well known for its Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). History: Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) was cultivated in the parcels that today belong to the GL HÖLLENBERG 500 years ago – presumably since 1470. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually a white wine drinker, praised the red wine from this vineyard during his journey along the Rhine in 1814. The name probably stems from the Old High German term “Helda” for a steep slope.