A more south-facing site adjacent to the Kolbenhof, entered named in the land registry as the ‘Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten’ (‘Leiten’ means steep hillside) enjoys a very particular microclimate.
Temperatures here do not conform to the norm, for as the sun rises it slowly warms the upper part of the vineyard first, while further down the chilly night time temperatures predominate. The cool air descends from Tramin’s ‘home mountain’, the Roen, through a deep ravine in which the Höllentalbach stream roars down to the valley.
The cool air enables the Gewürztraminer grapes grown here to retain a welcome level of acidity. Aware of the singular qualities of this site we recently acquired the ‘Rechtenthaler Schlossleiten’.
Husbandry in the steep vineyard is arduous and it can only be worked by hand, a sacrifice we are willing to accept given the enormous potential of the site.