Maximin Grünhaus has a history of viticulture dating from the Roman times. It takes its name from the Abbey of Saint Maximin, a Benedictine monastery which owned the land from the 7th to 18th century. Since late 19th century, the estate is now overseen by Carl von Schubert, who represents the fifth generation taking care of the vineyards. The classically Germanic labels of this great estate have always excited us, promising and delivering stunning Mosel Rieslings.
Located on steep, south-facing slopes 2 km from where the Ruwer river meets the Mosel is situated the estate of Maximin Grünhaus. The Abtsberg is located directly outside the castle Maximin Grünhaus and wines harvested from this vineyard are amongst the longest-lived Rieslings of the region. The Abtsberg is the most famous and steepest vineyard of the estate. The soil is composed of blue Devonian slate. The hillside runs south-east to southwest, achieving a gradient of up to 70%, which requires laborious hand harvesting.
The Abtsberg vineyard is classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage, designating it as one of the best in Germany that produce wines particularly expressive of their site and they are amongst the longest lived Rieslings of the region. Grosses Gewächs is the term for the highest quality dry wines produced at a Grosse Lage (top classified) vineyard. The wines from Abtsberg vineyard are characterized by a fine structure, huge minerality, great delicacy and impressive aging potential.