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Rocky, steep terrasses on the Mosel beginning in Pünderihc

Together with their son Johannes, the Buschs now tend and cultivate 17 hectares of vines, predominantly in the steep slopes of the famous Pünderich Marienburg at the beginning of the terraced Moselle. Opposite the winegrowing village of Pünderich, this site rises over the length of one kilometre from the river bank up to the mountain ridge. Interrupted by steep rocky outcrops, it is not only the Felsterrasse parcel that lives up to its name. At the edge of the Raffes parcel, too, a rocky precipice opens up, which immediately makes you realise that the vines are not spoiled by soft soil, but have to dig their roots deep into the rock to soak up water and nutrients.

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Marienburg Pünderich

Preservation and sustainable use of biological diversity

In recent years, it has been possible to expand the vineyard area to 17 hectares, especially in the best parts of the Pünderich Marienburg. To highlight the specific differences of the slate soils within the Marienburg site, the corresponding wines bear the old plot names such as Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Raffes and Rothenpfad. The most important factor for Clemens Busch in the production of his powerful top wines is the preservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and respectful treatment of the environment.

Finest Riesling wines from the Ruwer

In the vineyard Karthäuserhofberg, the Devonian clay slate plays a decisive role. Even the pink-copper colour of the soil indicates a high mineral content.

The very soft, heat-storing slates release iron-containing minerals through constant weathering. Thus, valuable substances such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and many trace elements are absorbed by the vines and passed on to the grapes in high concentrations.

Ziegen im Weinberg

Red, blue and grey slate

The barren rocky soil of the vineyards in Pünderich gives the wines an incomparable minerality. Depending on the type of slate soil, coupled with a fine feeling for the character of each site, grandiose Rieslings are created year after year. Each one of them reflects its home, the soil, with an intensity that could not make the term terroir more tangible. Red, grey and blue slate store the warmth of the sun in varying intensity, while the cool nights in autumn ensure a balanced microclimate.

"You can taste the salty, crystalline minerality that the Großes Gewächse der Fahrlay bring with them as soon as you taste the berries," says Clemens Busch.

The ripeness of the grapes here is already further advanced than a few metres to the left and right. This is due to the fact that the vines of Fahrlay, most of which are true to their roots and up to 100 years old, grow on blue slate - the darkest, densest and thus warmest of the Marienburg slates.

Weingut Clemens Busch

Wine assortment


  • off-dry
  • dry
  • Kabinett
  • Selection (Auslese)
  • Late harvest (Spätlese)
  • Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächs)

Sparkling Wine

The mineral character of the wines of Clemens Busch

The Marienburg, Rothenpfad and Fahrlay sites are slate soils and the wine grown here, such as the Riesling Auslesen, are characterised by spiciness, minerality and high density. The white wine from the Falkenlay site presents itself as fruity, creamy and particularly full-bodied thanks to the somewhat deeper soils interspersed with grey slate, while at the same time being finely mineral. The noble sweet Auslese and Beerenauslese wines from Clemens Busch also show special qualities.

Finally, Clemens Busch grows very old vines on the Felsterrasse site. The steep terraces of the vineyard make the work more time-consuming, but it is worth it: here, wine of intense minerality, elegance and depth matures, which only really shows what it is made of after a few years in the bottle.

Pünderich an der Terassenmosel

The vinification in traditional wood barrels

Spontaneously fermented, the wines then mature for at least 10 months on the full lees. Some wines may even remain in the barrel for 2 years as RESERVE. Most of the Riesling is matured in 1000-litre old wooden barrels, the so-called "Fudern". The wines can breathe in these barrels as they mature - the fine pores of the wood make this possible and contribute to the character of the wines. The youngest barrel is already 57 years old. In the historic manor house on the Moselle, you can get to know the subtleties of the wines during wine tastings.

Vater und Sohn Busch

Awards from  the press and wine guides

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

With an excellent 98 Parker points, the world-renowned wine medium "The Wine Advocate" recently recognised not only the 2017 Riesling Marienburg Raffes from Clemens and Rita Busch, but also their perseverance in implementing a visionary and nature-loving viticulture.

Wine guide Eichelmann 2022

5 of 5 Stars - Worldclass

Wineguide Vinum 2022

5 of 5 Stars

Wine guide Falstaff 2022

5 out of 5 stars - "if we had 6 stars, this winery would be the first to get one".

Wine guide Feinschmecker

4 F

Outstanding wine quality