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Ritsch

Single location in the municipality of Thörnich (Bernkastel area) in the German Moselle growing region. The name is derived from the medieval word "Steinrutze" meaning "to slide stones". Again and again brittle rocks slide down into the valley in extremely steep terrain. For this reason, it is not possible to consolidate the land with road construction, because the paths would slide down. Wines from the Thörnicher Ritsch were drunk at the beginning of the 20th century in the English royal house at the time of Queen Victoria. The site became famous in 1956 when the then German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) travelled to Moscow with 20 bottles of the 1953 vintage and was able to persuade the Russian head of government Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) to release the last German prisoners of war with this guest gift.

The vineyards, which are oriented south-southeast to south-west and have a gradient of 30 to 70%, comprise 20 hectares of vineyard area. The core area, which is oriented exactly to the south, runs exactly parallel to the Moselle. The peripheral areas turn slightly towards the southwest and southeast. The vines grow on weathered grey slate soil only 30 centimetres deep. Beneath them are slate cliffs, some of which protrude outwards, giving the mountain its characteristic, striking appearance. The Riesling variety is mainly cultivated here. Shares in the vineyard are, for example, held by the Carl Loewen, Gebr. Ludwig, K. J. Thul, Lorenz Nikolaus and Rauen Walter vineyards.

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