The "Weingut & Brennerei Stern" is located in the municipality of Hochstadt (Südliche Weinstraße area) in the German wine-growing region palatinate
, The trained cooper Josef Stern bought his first vineyard in 1952, followed in 1960 by the first home-made schnapps. Son Wolfgang, trained as a winemaker and cellar master, took over the business in 1980 and began bottling for the first time. Since 2003 the company has been run together with his son Dominic, who trained as a "technician for viticulture and oenology" in vineyard
completed and gained practical experience with well-known companies in the Southern Palatinate, South Africa and the Austrian Wachau. The vineyards cover 8.5 hectares of vineyards in the single vineyard Roter Berg (Hochstadt). They are planted with the white varieties Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Morio-Muskat and Gewürztraminer, as well as with the red varieties Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, Dornfelder, Portuguese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
It is consistently natural, environmentally friendly viticulture with, for example, waiving nitrogen fertilizer
and environmentally friendly pest control pheromones
practiced. Important quality criteria in the vineyard are short pruning
, Removal of double shoots when sprouting and thin out
(Green harvest), so that the vine is reduced by a multiple of the normal curtain in the course of the growing season. Grapes, must and wine are carefully processed in the cellar. After restrained fermentation at 15 to 19 ° Celsius and a long yeast storage, the white wines are aged according to the variety. The best Rieslings and Pinot Blanc are fermented with natural yeasts and aged in large wooden barrels and barriques. After traditional mash fermentation, the red wines mature in large oak barrels, the highest quality up to 18 months in new barriques. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, brandies (fruit, yeast, pomace) and liqueurs are also produced.