Our VDP.Grosse Lagen®


With the vintage 2015 sold for the first time at Reichsrat von Buhl as a VDP.Grosses Gewächs®. The Kieselberg was classified long time before as VDP.Grosses Gewächs®. But we decided to wait until the vines of in our top parcel are ten years old and the roots grow deeper.

Soil: Predominantly variegated Sandstone, loess and sand with large proportion of pebbles, washed up by the Rhein more than 1000 years ago. On a plateau overlooking Deidesheim, you have both sun and wind – perfect conditions for ripe and 100% healthy grapes.

Size Buhl: 3.59 hectares
Total size: 15.7 hectares, [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


Since the vintage 2014 we are producing again a VDP.Grosses Gewächs in this vineyard. The long break was due to the fact that the whole vineyard Reiterpfad (with the exception of our plot „Hofstück“) was only replanted in 2004 and we wanted to give the vines the time they need to grow their roots deep down into the soil and to produce grapes with a terroir character.

Soil: Millions of years ago, where the western limit of our vineyards lies, there was a huge irruption in the landscape, the Rhine rift. Here the sea deposited its sediments layer by layer. When aeons later the mountains of Haardt range arose in this area, a calciferous sediment block came to light and today determines the unique quality of the soil. The microclimate also contributes to making the wine so special. To the South, West and North, the vineyard is protected by sandstone walls or buildings. This protection has a two-fold positive influence on the wine. The walls protect the vineyard from late frosts and likewise provide natural shade in the summer, thus making its subtle acid structure a striking feature of the Reiterpfad.

Size Buhl: 0.62 hectares
Total size: 77.4 hectares (Total Reiterpfad), [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


This most exclusive plot has always a high priority at von Buhl. A really high priority! This plot is the first vineyard where von Buhl ever produced a Grosses Gewächs in 1997. The 0.9 hectare parcel is the only piece of the 78 hectares Reiterpfad that as not be cleaned during the land consolidation in 2002 an 2003. Currently there are only 0.6 hectare in our yield. One third of the vineyard was newly planted in 2017 after a two year fallow. Since the vintage 2014 our „Hofstück“ has been allowed to mature in the cellar for one year longer.

Soil: To the west, an up to 3 meters high sandstone wall shields the vineyard, the slope at the eastside and northside are also bordered by a wall. In the south, a green ditch separates our „Hofstück“ from the neighboring parcel. Under the surface there is a limestone base (the typical Reiterpfad soil), the ground itself is interspersed with variegated sandstone, loess and occasionally some basalt, which entered the vineyard 150 years ago.

Size Buhl: 0.9 hectares
Total size: 77.4 hectares (Total Reiterpfad), [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz,


The Freundstück – the smallest vineyard in Forst directly adjacent to the much more well-known Kirchenstück, it also has a first-class soil and is a „grand cru“ in every respect. Von Buhl owns the original plot named „Freundstück“ which is 1.6 hectares. Due to a radical selection of the very best grapes for our Grosses Gewächs, by division into a steep, upper and a flat, lower part of the vineyard, the quantity of ourVDP.Grosses Gewächs is very limited and therefore distinguishes itself as our most Burgundian GG.

Soil: Sandy clay, limestone scree, basalt. Buntsandstein with limestone scree and basalt on the surface.

Size Buhl: 1.6 hectares
Total size: 3.53 hectares , [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


Bismarck’s famous bon mot about the „Ungeheuer“ (monster) that tasted monstrously good is a stock theme in the history of German wine. Reichsrat von Buhl is the sole proprietor of the Ungeheuer plot, which gave its name to Ungeheuer vineyard, classified by the German quality vintners’ association (VDP) as VDP.Grosse Lage®.

Soil: Complex, this is the best description of the soil structure in the much vaunted site in the Mittelhaardt: typical sandstone weathering soils with more dense clay and sand layers, partially offset with amounts of limestone. Basalt rock provides the vines with the necessary heat and mineral character. A massive limestone plate at a depth of approx. 2 m provides a very efficient water supply. The sum of all factors is the reason for the power and length of the wines from the Ungeheuer.

Size Buhl: 5.63 hectares
Original plot Ungeheuer: 2.8 hectares
Total size: 33 hectares, [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


For us the Pechstein is the most distinctive site of the Palatine. Nowhere you can find more Basalt and nowhere the Basalt appears as clearly as in this wine. It is the black basalt, the mineral legacy of the Pechsteinkopf that gives the wine growing here a completely unmistakeable touch. Since the vintage 2013 we have been using one complete hectare for an exclusive sparkling wine, which will be launched on market in 2024 at the earliest and which is already giving us goose bumbs today.

Soil: A one time active volcano, in primeval times the Pechsteinkopf above Forst, dispersed large quantities of volcanic rock. In the bedrock of the Pechstein site there are therefore several strands of basalt, spreading throughout the end of the valley like a fan. Loose basalt scree can be found on the surface of the site. The Pechstein also has red variegated sandstone weathered soils and sandy loam. Down approx. 2 m depth, you will find, as in many sites in Forst, layers of clay and limestone. The amount of clay and loam in the Pechstein means that the soil has a high water-holding capacity and this leads to a high level of  mineralisation and perfect water supply during the vegetation period. Excellent physiological ripeness is the result.

Size Buhl: 4.25 hectares (incl. 0,83 ha fallow)
Total size: 15.7 hectares, [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


This small, fine vineyard was part of the property of the Jesuit monastery in Neustadt and wine was produced here even back in the middle Ages. Located directly between Pechstein and Kirchenstück, the Jesuitengarten draws on the excellent assets of both neighbouring sites. The second-highest rated location of Palatine in the Bavarian site classification from 1828. Currently there are two plots (planted in 1987 and 2004) available for our Grosses Gewächs. The third plot was newly planted in 2019 after a two year fallow. In eight to ten years this area will then become part of our Grosses Gewächs again.

Soil: Sandy clay, sandstone gravel, basalt. In the soil formation, the Jesuitengarten differs from the Kirchenstück only in that it has a slightly higher concentration of basalt. The main difference lies in the open location that allows cooler airflows to blow through the vineyard on warm summer evenings and therefore the acidity is more marked than in the Kirchenstück.tröme durch den Weinberg ziehen und damit die Säure Etwas ausgeprägter ausfallen als im Kirchenstück.

Size Buhl: 1.82 hectares
Total size: 6.8 hectares, [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]


The 6-foot sandstone wall surrounding and protecting the site, transfers the heat that is stored during the day, back into the vines during the night. This, along with the rich soils of sandstone, limestone scree, basalt and loess, is what is behind the ripeness of this sensual wine. There is a reason that the Forster Kirchenstück was the highest rated location of the Palatinate in the site classification of 1828... With 0.86 hectares, Reichsrat von Buhl owns the largest area in the highest rated location in the Palatinate - the Kirchenstück in Forst. 65 of 65 points in the site classification forthis unique site! Only the in 1985 planted plot of the two von Buhl areas is with 0.4 hectares in yield. The other plot was newly planted in 2018 after a two year fallow.

Soil: Sandy clay, clay marl, limestone scree, basalt.

Size Buhl: 0.87 hectares
Total size: 3.6 hectares, [Source: Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pfalz, www.lwk-rlp.de]