Since its beginnings in Roman times, the Van Volxem winery has cultivated the steep slopes on the Saar, such as the top historical sites (VDP. Grosse Lage®) Scharzhofberger and Wiltinger Gottesfuß, which are counted among the best in the world. Since 2000, we have expanded our excellent vineyard portfolio to include the following great sites: Bockstein, Geisberg, Goldberg and Altenberg.
As producers of natural wines, we recognize our tasks in maintaining our unique cultural landscape elaborate manual work. The average age of our vines is around 35 years old. Van Volxem also has 130-year-old ungrafted, Riesling vines, in Wiltinger Gottesfuß, one of the steepest and most prestigious Saar sites.
“When choosing a parcel of land, in which the noblest and healthiest, indeed the crown of all crops, the vine should be grown, the first focus must be on a good site.”
F. Schneider in “Der Winzer” 1896
The genetics of our vines are for the most part own-rooted. With predominantly old vines, we maintain the genetic diversity that is fundamental to the play of aromas from our highly aromatic grapes. Over the generations this treasure has been handed down and is the cornerstone of each site of production and is responsible for the complexity and great aging potential of our wines and makes them expressly desired.
Wines that bring the magic of each of our vineyard sites accurately into the glass.
The Geisberg in Ockfen – the rebirth of a Riesling legend.
With great joy and pride we have started an exceptional vineyard project with which we want to realize our ideas and traditional viticulture ideals. This project, well received by experts, will enrich our vineyard portfolio in the long term.
Following the guiding principle “Saar Wines – Great Sites”, Van Volxem was on the lookout right from the start for the best Saar vineyards. By studying historical documents from around 1900, we became aware of one of the formerly, most renownedsites in the greater Mosel region, the Ockfener Geisberg. Created by Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages, secularized under Napoleon and then auctioned off in Paris, this top site had already been identified by experts.
Renowned producers, such as Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer (Minister of Agriculture under Kaiser Wilhelm II.) and Albert von Bruchhausen (founder of the later VDP), praised the high quality and further expanded the Geisberg. This praise culminated in top prices at the then famous Trier auctions and on the wine lists of luxurious international hotels. The high costs in the steep vineyards led to a sudden decline at the time of the Mosel wine crisis that began at the end of the 1970s. Geisberg was to then fall completely fallow.
After tasting a ’64 Geisberger we were fascinated by the extraordinary aroma, structure and longevity of the wines from this grand cru vineyard. Convinced of its outstanding quality potential, we acquired approximately 12 hectares in the heart of the site.
Already in the spring of 2016 the recultivation of the Geisberg had started with the replanting of Riesling vines. We are already looking forward to unlocking the fantastic quality potential of this legendary site and passing it on to future generations.
More information about the Geisberg here
Extract courtesy of Mosel Fine Wines