The "Margrave of Baden" is headquartered in the municipality of Salem (Lake Constance area) in the German wine-growing region to bathe
, The Baden family gave the growing region its name. The family played a major role in the Baden wine culture. Margrave Christoph I von Baden (1453-1527) was responsible for the first wine law in Baden from 1494. Grand Duke Carl Friedrich von Baden (1728-1811) is considered the creator of Baden's quality winegrowing. In 1782 he had 3,700 Riesling vines planted in the Klingelberg (Durbach) for the first time in single varieties. The variety proved itself very well and was subsequently used in many Baden municipalities under the name that is still used today Klingelberger
planted. The first plantings of the Gewürztraminer and the Clevner (Traminer) also go back to the innovative Grand Duke. As the first winery in Germany, the Müller-Thurgau was used in 1925. The margrave had also abolished serfdom in Baden, introduced compulsory schooling, and made a name for himself in research in viticulture and training young winegrowers.
Since 1998, the eldest son of Margrave Max von Baden, HRH Bernhard Prinz von Baden has continued the winegrowing tradition. In addition to winegrowing, agriculture / forestry, fish farming and monument conservation are also business areas of the Margravial Central Administration. The Markgraf winery in Baden cultivates a total of 135 hectares of vineyards in the Baden wine-growing region in the Bodensee and Ortenau areas at two locations. Managing Director is SGH Michael Prinz von Baden. Volker Faust is on site in Salem and is responsible for the winery as general manager, in Staufenberg Achim Kirchner is the direct contact. Martin Kölble is the cellar master. The winery has been a member of the VDP
(Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).
The former Salem Monastery with extensive vineyards came into the possession of the house in 1802. The vineyards of Schloss Salem
(Lake Constance area) cover 110 hectares in the individual layers Chorherrenhalde (Meersburg), Kirchhalde (Birnau), Leopoldsberg (Bermatingen), Sängerhalde (Markdorf) and Schlossberg (Kirchberg), as well as nine hectares in the monopoly single location Rheinburg Castle
(Gailingen). The red wine variety Pinot Noir, as well as the white varieties Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are cultivated. The wines are produced in the three lines "Gutsweine Markgraf von Baden", "Lagenweine" and "Fidelitas". Bottle-fermented sparkling wines and brandies (wine, fruit) are also produced. Castle Staufenberg
, which has been in the possession of the house since 1693, is located in the municipality of Durbach (Ortenau area). The vineyards cover 25 hectares of vineyards in individual locations Schlossberg
(Durbach). The location of Staufenberg Castle, which is referred to as independent in some sources, is only an alias for Schlossberg. Mainly the two types of Klingelberger Riesling (45%) and Pinot Noir (30%) are cultivated. Others are Clevner (local name for the Traminer), Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. During the fermentation, autochthonous selected from the Klingelberg yeasts
worked. All Pinot Noir red wines come into contact with wooden barrels. The absolute top Spätburgunder are fermented exclusively in wooden cuves and then mature in new barriques.