Wiltingen is a small yet important town on the lower Saar river within the wider Mosel region, known for its intense, age worthy wines from the Riesling grape. It lies about 3 miles (5km) from Konz, where the Saar meets the Mosel. To the northeast is Kanzem, and the French border is less than 7 miles (11km) away.
Wiltingen has eight vineyards that have been classified by the VDP as Gross Lage, double the number of any other village in the region. In addition, several of the region's best-known estates are based here, including Weingut Egon Müller.
Scharzhofberg is one of the most prestigious vineyards in all of Germany and is classified as an Ortsteil (approximately, "district") – meaning it is referred to on labels using only the vineyard name, in much the same style as Grand Cru Burgundy. The vineyard should not be confused with Scharzberg, which is the name of the local grosslage.
The Scharzhofberg vineyard lies along a small tributary of the Saar, and covers around 28 hectares (70 acres), distributed among several owners. It is oriented to the south and has a gradient of 35-60 percent. The site's soil is composed of the usual grey and red slate, with a relatively high proportion of loess too. Scharzhofberg wines are very refined and elegant, with penetrating salty mineral tones and very fine-grained acidity. They can be very long-lived, retaining their fruit as they age.
The Egon Müller estate is located at the foot of the Scharzhofberg slope, and makes some of the most sought-after white wines in the world, all of which have some residual sugar. Van Volxem, based in the town itself, makes a leading dry Grosses Gewächs wine from the vineyard.
Braune Kupp is often spoken of as the second-greatest Wiltingen vineyard. It is a monopole of Le Gallais, an estate part-owned by a family from Brittany, though Egon Müller is a co-owner and is contracted to make the wines. The other Grosse Lage sites are Kupp, Braunfels, Gottesfuss, Volz, Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp and Hölle.