West of the village, directly above the Pfaffenberg site, Schützenhaus faces south-southwest
and rises in altitude from 100 meters/328 feet above sea level (slightly sloping) to about
150 meters/492 feet. The site is relatively long and slopes toward the west, thereby
protecting it (in German, "schï¿½tzen") from cold easterly winds. The name probably derives
from a vineyard hut ("Haus") that afforded the vineyard "keepers" who watched over the
vineyards prior to the harvest a shelter during inclement weather. The vineyard "guards"
used blank cartridge pistols to ward off starlings from munching on the tasty sweet grapes.
The soils in the meadows closer to the Rhine consist partly of deep loess and loess-loam,
and partly of Tertiary marl mixtures. Because they are deep, they are able to store
considerable water reserves - especially valuable in dry years to ensure the vines' water
and nutrient supplies, and crucial to producing wines with high extract values.
|Total size of vineyard:
||52,1 ha (128.7 acres)
|Surface owned by Balthasar Ress:
||5,6 ha (13.8 acres)
|Exposure / Slope:
||south to southwest, 2-10%
The site is relatively long and slopes toward the west, thereby protecting
it from cold easterly winds. Because the soils are deep, they are able to
store considerable water reserves.
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