The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne and records show that by the year 817, the vineyard was producing 6,000 litres of wine per year. Planted solely with Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world's ﬁrst Riesling Estate and plays a hugely signiﬁcant part in wine history. It was here in 1775 that the Spätlese quality was discovered using late picked grapes suﬀering from "noble rot". Following this discovery, in 1787 the estate gave Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese to the wine world.
Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that do not have to display a village name on the label.
The totally south-facing vineyard is as steep as 45° and climbs from 114m to 181m above sea level. The forest on top of the Taunus protects the vineyards from cold winds from the North and in the South the Rhine lays like a lake in front of the estate on the foothills. The 50° parallel runs directly through the vineyard and the unique soil formation with Taunusquartz topped with loam and rich loss is perfect for mineralic Rieslings as it keeps water and temperature very well.