The roots of viticulture on the Saar stretch far back. When the Romans arrived at the Saar via Burgund and Lorraine over 2,000 years ago, the Celtic Treveri were already practicing viticulture. The new masters from the south refined the methods and planted vines on a large scale.
During the middle ages, the monasteries were particularly important in the continuation of wine production. The decisive development in viticulture on the Saar came with the Riesling vine. It was mentioned for the first time in the year 1465.
In the 18th century the elector of Trier, Clemens Wenzeslaus, decreed that winemakers were to plant this type of vine. The wise church dignitary had recognised that Riesling is the best wine that thrives in this climate. Further systematic support for Riesling production was introduced about 100 years later by the Prussian government with the establishment of state vineyards.
The increase in the quality of viticulture on the Saar became a success story. It was at this time that the international renown of the Saar Riesling began. Even today, some of the most valuable and expensive wines in the world come from vineyards on the Saar.
The shale stone on the hillsides of the Saar is not just a good heat reservoir, it also lends the Saar Riesling its distinct flavour and unmistakeable character.
Connoisseurs prize the fruity taste and delicate acidity of the Saar Riesling. Wines from the Saar are piquant and elegant. The Saar Riesling is also very well suited as a base wine for top-class cuvees.
Über die Weinbauregion an der Saar ist kürzlich ein interessantes Buch mit dem Titel "Wo König Riesling Hof hält" herausgekommen. Darin werden erstmals in dieser gelungenen Form nach Weinorten sortiert viele SaarWinzer mit ihren Weingütern portraitiert. Auch gibt dieses neue Buch des saarländischen Autors Michael H. Schmitt interessante Einblicke in Landschaft, Geschichte, Geologie und Kultur an der unteren Saar. Im Mittelpunkt der Betrachtungen steht jedoch eindeutig der SaarRiesling-Wein.