Riesling Hochgewächs 

The German term riesling hochgewächs (/hōk-geh-vix/) means a subcategory of qualitätswein that must be made from 100% riesling grapes with at least ten degrees higher öchsle over the minimum of 50-72 degrees for normal qualitätswein in the same region (“anbaugebiete”/on-bou-gi-bēt-ǝ/). Riesling hochgewächs also must receive at least three quality points out of five during regulatory quality testing instead of one and a half like normal qualitätswein. The name “hochgewächs” literally means something like “high growth” to describe the grapes’ fuller ripening. The trocken and halbtrocken Avelsbacher Hammerstein rieslings from the Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier are two good examples of riesling hochgewächs.