Popular single vineyard designation in Germany, mostly referring to the soil type.
The vineyard, which faces west-northwest to south-southwest and has a slope of 20 to 60%, covers almost eight hectares of vineyards on weathered granite soil. Due to the steepness, most of the work is done by hand. Here, mainly the varieties Klingelberger (a special clone of Riesling) and Muskateller are cultivated. Members of the Durbacher Winzergenossenschaft and the Huber Alfred winery, for example, have shares in the site.
Since 1971, Steinberg has been a district in the sense of the wine law, so there is no additional mention of the village name Hattenheim, but only "Steinberger" appears on the bottle label. Steinberg is perhaps the most famous vineyard in Germany and was already the favourite vineyard of the Cistercians of Eberbach Monastery. The Steinberg was listed in the "Oculus Memorie" property register as early as 1211 and was already enclosed by stone walls at that time. At that time, it was probably only the upper, steep and stony part of today's location. The wall, which is almost three kilometres long and three to five metres high, has a slate roof. It encompasses the entire vineyard and was largely built in 1766 under Abbot Adolph II Werner von Salmünster (1750-1795). Originally, it was intended to ward off grape thieves in autumn, but at the same time it protects against infiltrating cold air, which gives the vineyard a special climatic position. In 1836, an extension was made to include the "small Steinberg".
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