The traditional winery is located in the community Eltville-Erbach in the German growing area Rheingau, The seat is the "Draiser Hof", which was founded in 1141 by monks of the Cistercian Order the abbey monastery Eberbach as an annex (Grangie) for the management of vineyards and arable land in Eltville and Erbach was built. The estate and its lands were acquired in 1818 by the Barons' family at Knyphausen. Arne Wilken is responsible today as the manager and butler.
The vineyards cover ten hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Hohenrain. Marcobrunn. Michel Mark. Steinmorgen (Lauterbach) Sandgrub (Kiedrich), as well as Rheinberg (Eltville). They are with the varieties Riesling (75%) and Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) as well as a "Rheingauer mixed sentence" with the autochthonous, sometimes rare varieties Elbling. Gewurztraminer. Sylvaner. Orleans (Species Yellow Orléans), White Heunisch ( Gouais blanc ) and Red Riesling (the winery is one of the pioneers of the rare variety) planted.
The wines are after the VDP classification divided. These are estate wines and local wines as well as first layers and large layers, which are produced from lowest yields of maximum 50 hl / ha after selective hand-picking. The wines produced according to the guidelines of the Rheingau Charter represent the second crop from these classified vineyards. In weather-appropriate years are from up to three times, hand-picked selections also noble sweet wines from choice to Eiswein vinified.
After a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation Depending on the type, the wines are aged in steel tanks, wooden casks of a different size and in the bottle before being marketed the following year. Every year around 60,000 bottles of wine are produced. The winery is a founding member of the association Charter Rheingau and since 1972 in the VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).