The traditional winery is located in Baden-Baden, Varnhalt, in the German wine-growing region to bathe, Thanks to the surrounding mountains that forms climate the perfect basis for growing high-quality wines. They recognized this potential Cistercian the Abbey of Lichtenthal as early as 1268. They planted Pinot Noir vines for the first time on the cloister mountain rock, which they obtained from the mother monastery in Cîteaux near Beaune ( Burgundy ) had introduced. By the under emperor Napoleon (1769-1821) Secularization measures took place, the property fell to the Margrave of Baden in 1802. The margravial court administration sold the estate in 1864 to Rudolf von Koch, who co-founded Deutsche Bank in Berlin in 1870.
The company has been owned by a family from Middle Franconia in Bavaria since 2016. A Straußwirtschaft is connected. The house also serves as an event location for wine tastings, weddings, family celebrations, seminars, company events and cooking classes. The manager is Steffen Röll, the other responsibilities are taken over by Annette Bähr (cellar master), Waldemar Krapiec (sales), Patric Hohl (commercial manager and marketing) and Tanja Frietsch (events). The vineyards cover 33 hectares in the individual vineyards Sting the boy (Detour), Klosterbergfelsen (Varnhalt) Mauerberg (Neuweier), as well Engelsfelsen (Bühlertal). They are 70% with the white wine varieties Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ), Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) and Auxerrois, as well as 30% with the red wine varieties Pinot Noir. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Tempranillo planted. The white wine vines are reduced to an average of 45 to 50 hl / ha, the red wine vines for the top wines even to 20 hl / ha in order to increase the quality.
The tripartite classification of wines (based on VDP classification model ) in estate wines, local wines and site wines provides the modern key origin stamped Wine culture on the one hand, and the easier allocation of the preferred wine for the consumer on the other hand. The white wines are largely in the traditional large wooden barrel or in expanded to give them more longevity and structure in taste. The red wines are made exclusively according to traditional maceration Aged for at least 12 months in large wooden barrels and in barriques. On the occasion of the 750th anniversary, the red wine cuvée "Quantum Reserve 750" was bottled in a clay bottle in limited quantities. It was made from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo varieties, true to the motto of the winery “Drinking dreams. Experience time ”assembled. In addition, noble sweet wines are also up Trockenbeerenauslese, bottle-fermented and bottled after 30 months of yeast storage Crémants, as well as non-alcoholic sparkling wine.