Popular name for single vineyard sites in Germany. The designation does not necessarily have a religious background, but can also refer to good solar radiation (holy = bright).
The name is derived from a Christian wayside shrine that once stood here. According to a second version there was a prehistoric place of worship here. The vineyards are slightly inclined towards the Rhine. The soil consists of colourful slate and deep loess loam with good water retention capacity. Riesling is cultivated here above all. The Egert and Molitor Karl-Johann wineries, for example, have a share in the site.
The vineyards, which face south to south-east with a gradient of 5 to 25%, comprise 143 hectares of vineyards. The gravelly limestone soils are interspersed with marly clay. Due to its size, it is a very inhomogeneous site, with the best plots located in the central area. The varieties cultivated include Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Traminer and Pinot Noir. The Seeber Winfried, Stachel Erich and Ziegler August wineries, for example, have their share of the site.
There are also other individual sites with the Heiligenberg designation in the municipalities or growing areas of Heidelberg (Baden), Häfnerhaslach/Illingen/Schützingen (Württemberg), Krautheim/Klepsau (Baden), Weiler bei Monzingen (Nahe) and Zeilitzheim (Franconia).