The "Weingut & Brennerei Stern" is located in the municipality Hochstadt (area Southern Wine Route) in the German wine-growing region palatinate
, In 1952, the trained cooper Josef Stern bought his first vineyard, followed in 1960 by the first home-made schnapps. Trained as a winemaker and winemaker son Wolfgang Wolfgang took over in 1980 and started for the first time with bottling. Since the year 2003 the enterprise is led together with son Dominic, who trained as "technician for viticulture and Oenologie" in vineyard
completed and gained practical experience at well-known companies in the South Palatinate, South Africa and the Austrian Wachau. The vineyards cover 8.5 hectares of vineyards in the single layer Red Mountain (Hochstadt). They are planted with the white varieties Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Morio-Muscat and Gewürztraminer, and with the red varieties Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, Dornfelder, Portuguese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
It is consistently close to nature, environmentally friendly viticulture with, for example, abandonment nitrogen fertilizer
and environmentally friendly pest control by pheromones
practiced. Important quality criteria in the vineyard are short pruning
, Removal of double drives during expulsion and thin out
(Green reading), so that the vine is reduced in the course of the growing season by a multiple of the normal curtain. In the cellar there is a gentle processing of grapes, must and wine. The white wines are matured after controlled Fermentation at 15 to 19 ° Celsius and a long yeast warehouse variety specific. The vintage best Rieslings and Pinot Blanc are fermented with natural yeasts and aged in large oak barrels and barriques. The red wines mature after traditional fermentation in large oak barrels, the highest quality up to 18 months in new oak barrels. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, brandies (fruit, yeast, pomace) and liqueurs are also produced.