Balthazar Ress founded his eponymous Rheingau wine estate in 1870 and today it is run by Stefan and Christian Ress who oversee a total 46 hectares of vineyards throughout the region. Compared to the precipitous slopes of the Mosel the Rheingau is quite gentle in its aspect and the Rhine River has a moderating effect on the microclimate in the vineyards.
Some 90% of the Balthazar Ress vineyards are planted to Riesling with the remainder split between Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc). There is great purity and sense of place throughout the Balthazar Ress range, in particular the Grand Cru and single vineyard offerings.
Germany is the spiritual home of Riesling, the variety that dominates the finest sites and is the clearest translator of the country’s terroir. The majority of the finest sites are concentrated around the river systems in the west of the country, near the French border, at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine, along with their tributaries the Saar, Ruwer and the Nahe.
The precipitous slate slopes in this region are home to some of the world’s finest examples of Riesling, and the wines exported as Prädikatswein, from the pure Kabinett offerings to the incredibly luscious Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein styles, are some of the world’s greatest wine treasures.