The Schloss Fürstenberg vineyard surrounds the ruined castle of the same name near Rheindiebach. Although it boasts Roman origins, this is the “youngest” plot farmed by the Ratzenberger family. The vineyard qualifies as a VdP Erste Lage (first growth). The oldest vines in this holding went into the production of the finely-chiseled halbtrocken riesling. About this wine producer: Weingut Ratzenberger is in the beautiful town of Bacharach-Steeg on the left bank of the Rhine, about a half-hour from the Frankfurt airport. It’s our favorite first stop in Germany. The guest apartment is one of the most comfortable places we stay, with the view through the bedroom window dominated by a wall of Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) vines marching up the towering Steeger St. Jost.