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Sonnenlay

single vineyard in the municipality of Mülheim ( Bernkastel area) in the German Moselle wine-growing region. The name refers to the sunny location and the soil (slate = lay). Due to the meandering of the Moselle River, the Sonnenlayberg was circled by the river in the course of its geological development in such a way that it became a so-called circulating mountain. Vineyards have been planted on both sides of the hill on terraces, some of which are extremely steep. The soils consist of skeleton-rich, weathered clay slate enriched with sand, stones and loam. Wines from this site were served in the luxurious restaurants of zeppelins on their Atlantic crossings in the 1920s and 1930s. Due to this fact, wines from this site are still marketed worldwide as Zeppelin wine with the original label of the time. The Riesling variety in particular is cultivated here. The vineyards Bauer Jörg, Becker-Steinhauer, Clüsserath Ansgar, Dr. Leimbrock - C. Schmidt, Haag Willi, Martin Conrad - Brauneberger Hof, Max Ferd. Richter, Norwig and Steinmetz Günther, for example, have shares in the site. Other single vineyards with the name Sonnenlay also exist in the communities of Rhens (Middle Rhine) and Traben-Trarbach/Wolf (also Bernkastel, Moselle).

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