Our vineyards around Oppenheim lie outside the direct influence of the Rhine River, and their amphitheater shape ideally stores the warmth of the day and helps the grapes ripen evenly. In contrast to Nierstein, where red slate dominates, the soils around Oppenheim are highly calcareous and marked by limestone marl formations. The cooler limestone bedrock combined with the warm days creates a pulsating tension in the wines.
The VDP classifies the vineyards of its members, with the finest divided into “Grosse Lagen” and “Erste Lagen” sites. Starting with the 2018 vintage, the Oppenheim Riesling will bear the VDP.AUS ERSTEN LAGEN classification, as only grapes from classified Erste and Große Lagen sites can be used in this wine.