Great wines are no fluke. They are the result of the ideal combination of soil, grape variety and climate, overseen during cultivation and ageing by a winemaker who embraces both tradition and innovation in order to guarantee authentic wines. At Schloss Johannisberg, these unique conditions have facilitated an undogmatic approach to winegrowing for the last 1,200 years, upholding the unmistakeable, elegantly aromatic character of a Johannisberg Riesling. Schloss Johannisberg Rieslings are allowed plenty of time to mature on the lees and they reward this period of rest – so important for the development of the complex and elegant fruit – with a refreshing longevity.
Johannisberg’s steep, south-facing estate is the home of Riesling, where the growing and ripening conditions suit it down to the ground. The best Riesling wines with highly refined elegance and dense minerality flourish on the Taunus quartz soil. Riesling has been dominant for around 300 years and a unique climate, coupled with the experience gained from a long heritage of winemaking at Schloss Johannisberg, are what impart its unmistakeable, local character. The winery embodies the wonderful diversity of Riesling, which has made its home around the Schloss on the 50th parallel north.
The various qualities of the wines at Schloss Johannisberg are distinguished by different colours, previously with sealing wax but these days with coloured capsules.