The acronym Berg comes from Auf dem Berg and Silberberg, two neighboring hillside vineyards. This is a wine full of earthy stone fruit and a dry, crisp length that rises far above its “entry” class. The vineyard soils are a variation of France’s famous argile-calcaire mix, or clay-limestone mix. (Locally, Berg’s soils are known as Muschelkalk, a geological term referring to the middle Triassic period, and in Berg’s case it’s Muschelkalk topsoil–averaging 3-feet–over limestone bedrock.) The clay gives Riesling body while the calcareous limestone gives finesse, focus, and length.
The Pfisters farm six plots of Riesling in Silberberg, totaling 3.18 acres. Production averages 900 cases annually.