From the stately manor on the left bank of the Mosel there is a view of the grandiose slope of Riesling vines that extends from Bernkastel to Zeltingen on the opposite shore. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr, in the
heart of the slope,was described at the beginning of the 19th century by the Mosel antiquarian Christian von Stramberg as follows: ‘.....one of the most glorious vineyards of the entire river. At the beginning of the last (18th) century, when all the vineyards belonging to the electorate of Trier were divided into five categories for assessment purposes, Wehlen was the only site placed in the first class. Among the excellent producers mentioned is a Mr.Prüm.....’ By the time the original estate was divided in 1911, the Prüms had lived in Wehlen for more than 400 years. Joh. Jos. (1873–1944), his son, Sebastian Aloys (1902–1969), and grandsons, Dr. Manfred and Wolfgang, developed their inheritance into – by far – the most important successor estate.
Vineyard Size and Grape Varieties:
Riesling is the only grape grown at the 14-ha (35-acre) estate. Vineyard Sites: Wehlener Sonnenuhr; Graacher Himmelreich; Bernkasteler Lay and Badstube; Zeltinger Sonnenuhr.
The estate uses traditional cellar methods to produce wines exclusively from its own grapes. They are rich in the character typical of Mosel Riesling wines and extraordinarily long-lived – fresh even decades after bottling – be they racy and dry in style, or harmoniously fruity Kabinett wines,or superb top-quality growths.
Highly esteemed worldwide, the wines are marketed in cooperation with reliable brokers, exporters, wine merchants and top restaurateurs. Only a small portion is sold to private customers.
The estate is located on the left side of the Mosel on the riverbank in Wehlen, 4 km (2.5 miles) downstream from Bernkastel. From A-48/A-1, exit Wittlich.