|The Bernkasteler Schlossberg is located directly under the Burg
Landshut, an ancient castle that gave the vineyard its name. About one
half of this vineyard is very steep, and that is the location of the
The southwest-facing slopes have elevations of up to 300 meters above sea level and are mainly formed by a strongly skelletized slate residual soil having a small portion of topsoil. This more rugged soil type brings lower yields and more concentrated minerality.
The castle was first mentioned in Bernkastel in the 7th century as "Primumcastellum". In the year 1280 the castle came into the ownership of the Archbishops of Trier and was used as their summer residence.