Not even 200 metres away from the Kupfergrube, but its soils and the salient elements of their character could not be any more different: argillaceous schist in the subsoil covered by wind-blown loess. Melaphyre was introduced more than a hundred years ago during a period of mining.
Its name comes down from origins during the period of ancient Roman conquest, referring to the god Hermes – Mercury – who protected travellers, perhaps a site where rituals were once performed.
This site reacts in a somewhat reticent fashion to any outside influence – it seems to be even-tempered and yes, on occasion almost shy. Often underestimated as the ‘little brother’ to the Hermannshöhle, it always proves worth the effort to coax this vineyard out of its customary shell.
There’s no superficial glint and glitter about it; the vineyard remains quite composed and serene. Aware of its strengths, Hermannsberg patiently awaits its moment.