The Untersteinberg (sic0 is a parcel low on the due south-pointing prow of the Kupp vineyard. Sadly since 1973 the inclusion of some vineyard land of variable style and quality has caused the renown of this once-great vineyard to suffer terribly in the eyes of the fine wine lover. The Untersteinberg is low in altitude and is adjacent to the splitting off of the Saar Canal from the river itself. This means that the vineyard has warmth and adequate moisture in years not having them, also with good drainage. It was planted in the 1930s first and has 60-year-old vines.
This 'parzelle' consists in weathered slate fines from upslope. Peter Lauer, who exploits this parcel, uses the dialect word 'Unterstenbersch,' in order to avoid falling afoul of the German Wine Institute and its anti-parcel-labeling laws. jht