Johannisberg Castle is a traditional vineyard in Johannisberg in the Rheingau. As one of the best wine estates in Germany, the vineyard belongs to the Association of the Predicate Wine Estates and has a good location lying majestically on a hill high above the Rhine.
At the beginning of the Johannisberg’s castle’s wine history stands the figure of Charlemagne (768-814). According to the legend, he had watched the early snow melt on the Johannisberg from his palace at Ingelheim, concluded therefore on its particular suitability for viticulture and planted the first vines. A geographic feature is the steep Rebhang directly below the castle terrace. Through these rows of vines runs exactly the 50th degree of latitude.
The excellent microclimate here can ripen even figs, almonds and lemons despite its northern location next to the Rieslings. There are numerous stories of far-reaching significance about the Johannisberg Castle. Not only that, the Johannisberg Castle is the first Riesling vineyard in the world, (the first closed area planted with Riesling vineyards since 1720), the discovery of the late harvest in 1775 is connected with this place, as a courier with the read permission arrived too late at the Castle and thus noble rotten grapes were harvested. Subsequent selections are known today to the German predicate system through to Eiswein.