The classified top site of Brauneberger Juffer is considered one of the best vineyards on the Middle Mosel. Riesling wines from Brauneberger Juffer and Juffer Sonnenuhr are a rarity and treasure, because they helped establish the worldwide reputation of Mosel wine and still do to this day.
The steep slope of Brauneberg runs parallel to the Mosel River from Kesten to the mouth of the Lieser River, which lies opposite the towns of Mülheim and Brauneberg. The south-facing Juffer has a fine weathered slate with plenty of iron. In sections, the incline goes up to 80 degrees. The wines are first-rate and have great minerality and aging potential.
Christian von Stramberg, a classic among wine authors, wrote in 1837: “Even the outward appearance of the Brauneberg must attract the attention of the most careless observer; there is no other hill in the whole river that compares to it in the gentlest and most regular forms. Art has completed what nature has prepared, and scarcely elsewhere will it be possible to prove such a uniform and regularly practiced viticulture. That is why Brauneberger has always been considered one of the finest wines of the Mosel.”
The Maidens from the Sweet Hill
The name Juffer goes back to the beginning of the 18th century. After the Napoleonic occupation and secularization, a Palatinate chamberlain named Wunderlich and his wife would have liked that their three daughters would get married, but the girls didn’t follow their parents’ wishes, they remained maidens. Instead, they dedicated their love and their lives to the best wines of their parental vineyard, which was located in the steep slope of the sweet mountain. Out of grief over this annoyance, the parents called the vineyard Juffer, which means maiden in the Moselle Franconian dialect.
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