Johannisberg stands out from the gentle landscape of the Rheingau. It is the nucleus of a great wine culture that stretches far beyond the borders of the region. History was written here. The hill, one of three quartzite hills that lie upstream from the Taunus massif, seems predestined as a site for the castle. With its seemingly simple, straight lines and not a hint of overladen splendor, the castle overlooks the vine-clad hill in quiet majesty – a Rheingau symbol of a way of life that has included joys and pleasures, but also trials and tribulations, yet always kept its balance.
Johannisberger Rieslings are born in the vineyard – literally, where they have their roots. The soil, with its geological, geographical and climatic features, is integral to the unique origin and ultimate taste profile of a wine. Quality is born during the growth of the grapes, which at Johannisberg is supported by organized vineyard management geared to local conditions. Grape quality is determined in the vineyard, not during vinification. The quality of the crop after the harvest is decisive for the quality of the finished wine.
Some 1,200 years of viticultural history are associated with Johannisberg. An eventful history, which, among other things, led to the creation of the world’s first Riesling wine estate and with it, a unique wine culture that has existed at Johannisberg ever since.
Founded as a Benedictine monastery, the Johannisberg abbey quickly became a viticultural focal point and initiator in the Rheingau. Today, in the heart of the cellar, is the underground library “Bibliotheca subterranea” – the famed treasure chamber of the palace, with its centuries-old wine rarities.