Most of the best sites in our region are close to the edge of Haard, the part between Pfälzer Wald and Rheinebene. The Rhine rift, which runs from South to North, built them as east facing sites. In the valley of Queich, which comes from the hills of Pfälzer Wald close to Siebeldingen, the best vineyard sites are south facing. They are between 180 and 225 over NN and have 5 to 20% gradient.
Through the evaluations of the Rhine rift and Pfälzer Wald, really old soils are typical for the area. So the types of soil in the vineyard site are really different.
Unfortunately implementation of the wine law 1971 was not looking after geological and topographical differences. From all the old single vineyard sites – like Berg, Forst, Starkenberg, Letten, Rieser, Ganshorn and Zelter – in the end only the one with the, seems to be, nicest name stayed. Since then it is one huge site with the name “Im Sonnenschein” which means in sunshine.
Today all our pinot vineyard sides, the best once called VDP.Grosse Lage IM SONNENSCHEIN, are based in the part of the site, which was called “Berg” and “IM SONNENSCHEIN”. They are growing on limestone soil, which developed 220 Million years ago during Trias time. Lime soils are the best soil for great pinots.
Our Riesling GG IM SONNENSCHEIN also grows on this type of soil. The sites are more south and used to be called “Rieser” and “Letten”.