The wine cooperative
in the municipality of Pfaffenweiler (Markgräflerland area) in the German wine-growing region to bathe
was founded in 1950 on the initiative of the parish priest. Heinrich Stefan Männle has been the managing director since 1994, and Roland Braun is the cellar master. The winegrowers' cooperative has been operating under the name “Pfaffenweiler Weinhaus” since 2004. Pfaffenweiler is one of the oldest winegrowing communities in Germany, because documentary evidence shows that 716 winegrowing has already been carried out here. At the beginning of the 14th century, the community's vineyards came into the possession of the women of the Freiburg Clarakloster, which belonged to the order of the Franciscans. The first indications of a quality-oriented viticulture in Pfaffenweiler date to October 29, 1692. A vine of around 40 ares should be newly planted. In a contract with the Klarissenkloster, the tenants of the vineyard undertook to carry out precisely defined work and to plant at least 300 new vines each year. The tenants not only had to pay attention to vines "of good quality", but also had the requirement to choose red wine or muscatel.
The vineyards now cover a total of 112 hectares in the two Pfaffenweiler individual layers Batzenberg with loess loam soils and Oberdürrenberg with reddish limestone soils. There the white varieties Gutedel (33 ha), Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling and Scheurebe, as well as the red varieties Pinot Noir (26 ha), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are cultivated and processed. Quality criteria include reduced hectare yields and a very late, selective hand picking in three runs. The wines are in the four lines "Sancta Clara" (absolute top plots with an exceptional microclimate), "Bannstein" (good to very good plots), "Classic Line" (from medium to good plots, filled in 0.75 l bottles) and "quality wines" (bottled in 1 liter bottles). Frizzante and bottle-fermented sparkling wines are also produced.