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Founded in 1200, the estate is now managed by Prince Felix zu Salm-Salm in the 32th generation. It is the oldest family-owned estate in Germany and cultivates vineyard sites on the Nahe region aswell as in Rheinhessen.
The 2016 harvest brought great qualities into our cellar, despite a very challenging year, with extreme weather influences. Until July the average rainfall of a whole year had already been reached. Our good and quick-witted vineyard team did great work to preserve the quality and quantity fighting diseases (Peronospera). Sadly there was nothing we could do about the frost at the end of April which led to a very low yield for our Nahe wines (1.200 Liters per acre). Beginning in August the summer really kicked in. Little rainfall and high temperatures accompanied the weeks until the beginning of harvest on 26nd September. The weather influences just before and during the harvest have become more important than ever. The good conditions durinig this year’s harvest enabled us to pick grapes at a great ripeness level with super healthy grapes.
Felseneck vineyard, red and grey slate soil, south facing steep slope exposure