As the name ‘Terra Rossa’ suggests, this wine originates from the red earth centrepiece of the Weilberg vineyard. The soil consists of a loamy clay with some limestones in it. The high content of haematite (Fe2O3) creates a type of iron-rich soil which is called ‘terra rossa’ (Latin for red earth).
Besides the ‘Weilberg Riesling GG’, this ‘Terra Rossa Riesling’ is another masterpiece of Weingut Pfeffingen from this unique vineyard, one of the most historic vineyards of the Palatinate.
The wine was made from carefully selected younger vines and other specially selected parts of the vineyard, with all grapes selected by hand. Pfeffingen winemaker, Jan Eymael, prefers an aroma-protected, reductive vinification and long ‘sur lie’ ageing. The 2016 Terra Rossa Riesling shows aromas of pineapple and grapefruit with a full and round body that turns into a smooth and elegant finish.
The Ungsteiner Weilberg is located on what was a Roman settlement from almost most 2000 years ago. These settlers founded a winery and by doing so brought viticulture to the region.