Vineyard: Almost entirely from the Himmelreich vineyard in the village of Zeltingen
Soil Type: Blue Devonian slate with veins of quartz
Fermentation & Élevage: Mostly stainless steel with a little bit of old Mosel Fuder
Himmelreich (German for “kingdom of heaven”) is the largest of the three single vineyards / crus / appellations in the town of Zeltingen. Himmelreich stretches from the steep slope behind mid-village, where it borders Schlossberg, to approximately one mile downstream in the direction of Erden and Ürzig. The steep part of Himmelreich bordering Schlossberg is of superb quality, facing due south, with chunky slate on top of the deep slate bedrock. As the Mosel meanders towards Ürzig, Himmelreich follows the bend in the river, turning southwest and then west. The grade also decreases progessively while some loam and, further downstream, some alluvial river deposits sit on top of the blue Devonian slate which forms the bedrock beneath. Selbach-Oster owns major portions of the steepest, south-facing portions of Himmelreich with the Anrecht representing the most prized piece which ranked in the top categories of the 1868 Prussian classification already.