Thursday, 21 September 2006

Côtes de Weil

Apart from the aforementioned chair fetish, Weil still has a lot to offer. Statistically, the southwest along the Rhine valley is the warmest and one of the sunniest regions in Germany. In turn, the area in Switzerland around Basle is the warmest and sunniest part of the country, if you take Sion and the Rhône valley out of the equation.

It goes without saying that wine growing has a long tradition here. Weil’s vineyards are situated on the western face of the Tüllinger Hügel (hill) which separates Weil from the town of Lörrach. First you have “Weiler Schlipf”...

...situated on the south-southeastern spur of the hill, then comes “Haltinger Stiege” a bit further on north-westwards, then the hill forms a slight basin and then curves round into a steep south-facing slope up to the village of Ötlingen. The vineyard on this slope is “Ötlinger Sonnhole”:

There is another named vineyard situated on the other side of the hill called “Tüllinger Sonnenbrunnen”, but that one belongs to Lörrach.

Details of grape varieties, soils, etc. in my next post.

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