The estate is located in the municipality of Leiwen (Bernkastel area) in the German wine-growing region Moselle
, It was founded in the 1950s by the parents of the current owner Heinz Schmitt, who then took it over in 1983 with 3.5 hectares of vineyards. After training as a winegrower and cellar technician in Bad Kreuznach, he started to produce high-quality dry wines early on. After visiting many wine-growing regions around the world, he completed a two-year practical stay in Napa Valley, California. This resulted in the uncompromising orientation of all measures in the vineyard and cellar to the highest possible quality. He combines the experience gained with the traditional methods of European winemaking. The vineyards now cover 23 hectares of vineyards in the individual vineyards of Annaberg (Schweich) with some plots of real vines, Altärchen
(Klüsserath), monastery garden (Leiwen), Laurentiuslay
(Köwerich and Leiwen), Maximiner Herrenberg
(Neumagen), as well as Blattenberg and Zellerberg (Mehring). The grapes are gently pressed and the must is then filtered. The fermentation takes place spontaneously both in stainless steel tanks and in traditional wooden powder barrels with the natural yeast from the vineyard. Heinz Schmitt's first-class passengers of the German airline Lufthansa have been served wines since 2002. Around 150,000 bottles of wine and around 10,000 bottles of sparkling wine are produced each year.