Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier
The Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier was founded in 1895 by the Prussian President of the District of Trier, Adolf von Heppe, and has remained an entity of the German government to the present day. The word “staatliche” means belonging to the state in German, so the winery’s name could translate literally as the “State’s Winery in Trier.” The Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier sits in the Mosel Valley on the outskirts of one of Europe’s history capitals, the city of Trier. Trier was appointed by scholars in Roman times as one of the four most important cities in the world (thanks to being the seat of the Roman Empire in the 3rd and 4th centuries which included Emperor Constantine the Great) and is the resting place for incredible relics such as the holy robe of Christ, nails from the cross, St. Helen’s remains, and the only remains of an apostle of Christ north of the Alps, St. Matthew. The Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier’s grounds themselves are pristine tranquil perfection. Hikers and bikers frequent the trails intertwining the winery and a small castle, Thielsburg, even sits in the winery’s vineyards.
On its label, the Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier uses two historical symbols, the coat of arms of the Federal German State of Rheinland-Pfalz and the stylistic black eagle (“schwarzer adler”) used as the symbol of the Prussian government that ruled Germany in the 1800s and up to World War I. The Rheinland-Pfalz coat of arms signifies the winery’s status as a governmental entity under the current German government and the stylized black eagle is used as the privilege of a former Prussian state winery.
The Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier uses only environmentally friendly methods to grow wine on its 30 vineyard hectares. Those 30 hectares include the tracts called Avelsbacher Hammerstein, Sankt Maximiner Kreuzberg, Deutschherrenberg, and Deutschherrenköpfchen. Like most of the Mosel, those vineyards have slate rich soil. The Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier grows mostly riesling (82%) but also many other German varietals. It also has one of Germany’s most modern wine production cellars which was inaugurated in 2011 to aid in the winery’s additional commission to research, develop, and teach natural wine growing techniques for the German government.