Brauneberger Juffer

Exposure: south-facing slope

Soil: blue - gray-brown shale mixed soil, some with sand and pebble inclusions

The name Brauneberger Juffer stood and stands for high quality wines that are known far beyond our borders. In ancient wine auction lists and chronicles one finds the Brauneberger Juffer always among the finest Riesling wines again.

The vineyard Juffer is a pure southern slope of blue-gray Devonian slate with slopes up to 80% and today covers an area of about 76 acres. The Brauneberger Sonnenuhr is the 10-acre portion which extends around the field. Earlier erected sundials are only in pure south-facing slopes with optimal levels of sunlight.

The steep slopes Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Sonnenuhr develop a microclimate of a special kind. In August 1998, the highest daytime temperature ever measured in Germany, 41.2°C/106.2°F was taken in the ARD weather station nearby.

The name Juffer originated around 1790, when the three unmarried daughters (Juffern) of the Electoral Palatinate Chamberlain Wunderlich cultivated wine at their Franciscan cloister in Brauneberg. Since that time, the wine from the steep slopes -Brauneberger Juffer- was a term for wine connoisseurs throughout the world.

Thomas Jefferson called the Brauneberger Juffer Riesling “the epitome of pleasure at the highest level!”. Napoleon included the location as a pearl on the Mosel.

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