Sheltered from the rains and western winds by Ungersberg, an outlier in Vosges sandstone which reaches 901m, Muenchberg hugs the croissant-shaped curves to better welcome and keep-in the sunshine. With a small south-exposed valley on either side, it benefits from a unique microclimate over its 17.70ha.
The soil and sub-soil are made from old sediments from 250 million years ago, dating back to the Permian period. These are puddingstone, conglomerates and breaches with often-altered elements: volcano debris deposits, often full of tuff lava and volcanic ashes. These stony and sandy terrains give rather poor soil, but the drainage is excellent and it warms-up quickly.
Riesling is the preferred grape variety in Muenchberg.
As of the 12th century, Cistercian monks from the close-by Baumgarten abbey, grew vines in Muenchberg. Hence its name, which means “monk mountain” in Alsatian.
A noble, late-ripening grape variety like Riesling, grows abundantly in this privileged-climate terroir. Being the yield is low, the vines produce few grapes but concentrates on the quality.