River kilometre 144

Surrounded by water on three sides, our wine village of Minheim is located at river kilometre 144 on the Moselle.

Grapevines have been cultivated for hundreds of years in this south-facing suntrap. But what makes the terroir of Minheim truly unique is not just its particular location. An interplay of geology, climate, nature and human involvement all play a role.

Geology

The vineyard plots along the Moselle are primarily characterised by shale rock. Devonian shale can be found in various stages of weathering, particularly on the slopes in Minheim. Thanks to its grey-black colour, it stores heat and generates a favourable microclimate among the grapevines. It also influences the unmistakeable minerality of Moselle wines, particularly Riesling. In addition to shale, sandy sedimentary river deposits can be found on the floodplains. These soils are excellent for Burgundy vines in addition to Müller-Thurgau.

Climate

The Moselle is one of the cooler wine regions of the world. The interplay of cool nighttime temperatures and warm days during the maturing phase has a distinctive influence on the wines. Riesling in particular benefits from this climate, resulting in sophisticated, delicately fruity wines with a typical lively acidity. Pinot noir also loves this cool climate. In addition to sufficient rainfall, there are still many hours of sun despite the cool climate. The balance between these two factors encourages the growth of the vines.

Nature

Wine-growing means not only working in natural environments, but also working together with nature. For instance, many winemakers use a variety of species for foundation planting to provide space for beneficial organisms to live and control pests that could damage the grapes. Throughout the Minheim district, the grape berry moth is combated without pesticides using the RAK mating disruption method. Preserving the cultural landscape and protecting nature is an important concern for winemakers.

Human involvement

Without human involvement, there would be no wine culture. Even in antiquity, the Romans knew the appeal of this fermented grape juice and brought their knowledge and grapevines to the Moselle. Wine-growing has influenced the Moselle and its people for hundreds of years. Nowadays in Minheim, 25 primary enterprises and many sideline enterprises cultivate this unique cultural landscape. This tradition can often be traced back across many generations.

Get to know the particularities of Minheim winemakers and wines at one of our festivals, or watch cultivators at work on a walk through the vineyards.