Weingut Alte Grafschaf, Quality Winemaking Established in 1594
Peter Herrschaft built Weingut Alte Grafschaft in 1594 in Kreuzwertheim, as winemaking has been continual here for over 425 years. The winery is a historical place with large cellar vaults, modern technology, and excellent wine production rooms. It is present on the Main River’s Bavarian side, directly opposite the Tauber’s opening and overlooking the castle. Napoleon separated the county of Wertheim in 1803.
The vineyards of Weingut Alte Grafschaf Winery have been present here for more than 700 years.
Steep Slope Vineyards, Manually Tended
After many centuries, the winemakers united the district’s two best slopes, namely, Kaffelstein in the Bavarian Valley and Satzenberg in the Tauber Valley. It is not possible to use any machinery on these slopes. Therefore, most of the work is done manually. Wines from the region show both vineyards’ qualities and featuring the soil, grapes, and the climate.
Grown Grape Varieties at the Winery
The vineyards in Kaffelstein grow the Riesling and Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) vines. The altitude of the region and the sandy soil and favorable microclimate is perfect for growing high-quality grapes. The vineyards have been present here for more than 700 years. In 2013, the winery planted the old, yellow Silvaner vines here. Even in Satzenberg, built 1,200 years ago, uses no machinery. All the work is done by hand. Since 1986, the vineyard grows Pinot Blanc & Riesling. There is selective harvesting of the best-quality ripe grapes that produce their red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Satzenberg was set up in the 8th century, and sixteen-kilometer stone walls are protecting the terraces.