In 1805,Napoleon issued an edict to consolidate all the medieval hospices of Trier – homes for lepers, for the poor and orphanages – as the Vereinigte Hospitien (United Hospices). The facilites of this large charitable foundation are located on historic grounds on the bank of the Mosel. Its forests and farms are in and around Trier, and in the Hunsrück and Eifel hills.Wines from the estates on the Mosel and Saar are vinified and aged in Trier, in Germany’s oldest wine cellars.
Vineyard Size and Grape Varieties:
The foundation owns 25 ha (62 acres) of vineyards planted with Riesling (90%) and Pinot varieties.
Sole ownership: Serriger Schloss Saarfelser Schlossberg; Wiltinger Hölle. Other renowned sites: Scharzhofberger; Kanzemer Altenberg; Piesporter Goldtröpfchen.
Reduced yields – via stringent winter pruning – are of great importance. Individual vinification determines the style of the wines, the goal being to maintain each wine’s varietal and sitespecific characteristics.White wine varieties are fermented in temperature-controlled, small stainless steel tanks.
The wines are sold in export markets and to private customers and restaurateurs.
Headquarters, with Germany’s oldest wine cellars, are situated on the bank of the Mosel in Trier, near the old crane north of the Roman bridge.