Since 1337 the property at Meulenhof has transferred between royalty and Cistercian monks, following Napoleonic secularisation, and since 1919 has been led by the Justen family, with Stephan Justen at the helm since 1990. Located in the Middle Mosel village of Erden, one can see why the estate vineyards were most attractive to both the Counts of Sponheim and the Cistercian Convent; holdings in the steep, terraced Erdener Treppchen and prestigious Prälat, have long been revered for their superior wines, and upstream the Devonian blue slate of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr produce wines of intense minerality and elegance. The Prälat may be one of the most iconic terroirs in the Middle Mosel. A tiny 2.2 hectare site sandwiched between the Treppchen and the Ürziger Würzgarten, entirely south-facing, with pure red slate soils, the site is naturally enclosed by cliffs and outcroppings which shelter the vines and making it one of the warmest sites in the entire valley. If there were a Mosel vineyard pre-destined for Auslese, it would have to be the Prälat. There are only a handful of owners in the Prälat and Meulenhof is one of them.