Although chiefly admired for its Pinots, Schengen Markusberg has plenty of other strings to its bow. This lieu-dit has played an important role in the history of wine-growing in Luxembourg, and what’s more, it’s also a magnificent terroir … for Riesling!
Shelly limestone is a distinctive feature of the northern half of the Luxembourg winegrowing region, and the Grevenmacher Fels is one of the terroirs that express this remarkable minerality to best effect.
This terroir near Wellenstein in the southern Moselle Valley offers ideal conditions for Pinot Gris. It was in these Keuper marls that the grape variety was first planted in Luxembourg in the 1930s.
Heading north from Ehnen to Wormeldange, the terroir you can see alongside the road is Wousselt. The vines closest to the village at the bottom of the slope are planted on Luxembourg’s oldest terraces. The Riesling grapes mainly grown here benefit considerably from this unique setting.
Elderly villagers can remember the joining together of the vineyard plots in 1980 and they think back to this famous Machtum terroir with nostalgia. However, forty years on, the vines have once again taken possession of the subsoil and are producing exquisite wines, in particular, Pinot Gris.