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Name for the location of a vineyard slope with respect to the direction of the mid-day solar radiation (direction of incidence of the sun's rays). It is given in degrees with respect to the north direction (often only with, for example, "exposed south" or similar):

  • 0 ° = northern slope - no sun, often referred to as the "shadow side"
  • 90 ° = east slope - much morning sun
  • 180 ° = south slope - often called "sunny side"
  • 270 ° = western slope - much evening sun; in Central Europe great Weather influence exposed


In viticulture is considered the best hangexposition in dry, heat-favored areas an orientation from southeast to east. In climatic boundary layers with heat deficits but sufficient rainfall South to southwest expositions are optimal. An advantage is one hillside with a corresponding tilt angle, A good exposure with sufficient sun exposure time is an eminently important factor for optimal photosynthesis, The solar radiation and the associated temperatures are important criteria for the so-called Weinbauwürdigkeit, See the topic under climate,

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