The VDP.GROSSE LAGE® SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG surrounds the famous Schloss Johannisberg. A thick forest belt to the north protects the site from cold winds. The broad, lake-like Rhine to the south reflects and intensifies light in the 35-hectare south facing slope. With a yearly average of 1,700 hours of sunshine, the GL SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG has the highest solar radiation of all vineyards in the Rheingau. The site has a steep 40 percent gradient and lies between 110 and 180 metres a.s.l. The soil is pure Taunus quartzite covered with a medium to deep layer of loess loam that has good warmth and water storage capacity. Information: The 50th degree latitude runs directly through the Taunus quartzite rock above the Rhine River between Oestrich-Winkel and Geisenheim.
History: The vineyard was already called “monte sancti Johannis” in documents dating 1143. Exclusively Riesling has been cultivated here since 1720, making it the world’s first contiguous vineyard that is planted with this noble variety. Wines from this site began to be sold in England as “first growth” in the year 1870.