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The Kiedricher Berg% one of the best vineyards of the Rheingau
When Wilhelm Weil looks out of the window of his Robert Weil winery in Kiedrich, he sees the Gräfenberg, one of the best vineyards in the Rheingau. The grapes that ripen here provide the harvest material for a Riesling that is one of the most expensive and sought-after in the world. This year could even produce something extraordinary in the Gräfenberg: a vintage of the century. "Ripeness already set in for Riesling at the beginning of August," says Weil. "Around four weeks earlier than usual."

But the downside of the beautiful summer manifests itself in drought stress. "In the particularly steep sites, where the soils are not so deep, I can already see one or two yellow leaves," says Weil. "Two or three intense land rains would do wonders."

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