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The sun as a component of the vineyard name is not surprising, since the optimal sunshine of a vineyard location plays the most important role during the vegetation cycle of the vines. The fiery power of the sun and the gray iron-rich soil make Riesling wines of excellent minerality.
Niedermenniger Sonnenberg was first mentioned by Franz Simon in 1885. He was the son-in-law of the Bitburg brewery heiress Katharina Wallenborn and built what would become a highly esteemed vineyard on this hillside. The Simonshof, a former press house built in 1897, still stands above one section of today’s Sonnenberg.
The gnarled vines, mostly rooted in gray slate, are over 35 years old. A small part, 0.4 ha, is still planted with ungrafted vines from 1923. The main section of the Sonnenberg, which accounts for more than half of the acreage, faces south. The border areas turn west. The good water retention capacity of the slate soil combined with the old vines ensure a particularly high quality level of the Riesling wines that are produced here.
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