The two young winegrowers Tobias Treis (Reil/Mosel) and Ivan Giovanett (Neumarkt/South Tyrol) have recultivated the almost forgotten single vineyard Reiler Sorentberg after 25 years of fallow land. The steep southern slope lies in a side valley on the Moselle and is famous for its long-lived wines. The red Wissenbach slate can only be found there and gives this Riesling its distinctive spice.”

The Sorentberg is unique with its total area of 9.48 hectares. Its terroir is an interplay of many factors that result in a remarkable whole:

100 percent southern slope
extreme gradient with an average gradient of 80 to 110 percent
cool climate, because the mountain lies in a well ventilated side valley at the Mosel river
unique soil type, the so-called Wissenbach slate (red slate with shell inclusions), which is unique on the whole Moselle

Old vines – new life

In the course of the recultivation work on the Reiler Sorentberg, almost 1000 old vines were discovered in the upper, extremely steep part of the vineyard.

After they lay fallow for more than 25 years, they could now be restored with laborious manual work: Every single root true Riesling vine was freed from sprawling thorn bushes and replanted. Almost all the old vines were successfully sprouted in May 2012. Despite extensive research, it has not yet been possible to determine the exact year of planting.