Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous sites in Germany and was probably planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, it is removed from the Saar in a side valley and faces due south. It is both very steep (30-60% grade) and high (590-918 ft.). The soil, formed from gray Devonian slate decomposition, is very deep with no bedrock. Like many of the best European vineyards, Scharzhofberg is very well drained but still holds sufficient moisture. The "Scharzhof" is an off-dry wine that typically balances the sweetness with the minerality from the slate soils and the acidity of the Saar. It is meant to be drunk young but can be aged for 5 to 8 years.