The estate is located in the municipality Bönnigheim (area Württembergisch Unterland) between Stromberg and Heuchelberg in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, In the traditional family since the year 1510 viticulture is operated. Ernst Dautel stepped out of the local in the mid-1970s wine cooperative out (an affront, because his father was a founding member). Already in the mid-1980s, he began with the at that time unusual Barrique, planted new grape varieties like Chardonnay, produced exclusively dry Wines and dealt with high quality red wine cuvées. He is considered a pioneer in German viticulture.
Meanwhile, the direction in the cellar and in the vineyards has passed to the next generation. Son Christian studied in Geisenheim and Bordeaux viticulture and oenologie, He also gained experience through numerous internships in South Africa, the United States. Australia. Austria and France, Teachers were among others the Austrian expert for Biodynamic viticulture, Franz Weninger or one of the world's best Chardonnay producers, Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, Since the year 2010 he works together with his father in the winery and has taken over the operation in the meantime in the 21st generation of the family.
The vineyards cover about 13 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Sonnenberg with the two won or VDP.Grossen Lagen Schupen and Steingrüben (Bönnigheim), Forstberg (Oberstenfeld), Michael Berg (Cleebronn), as well as Wurmberg (Besigheim). They are each half of the red varieties Lemberger ( Blaufränkisch ), Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Trollinger ( Schiava Grossa ), as well as the white wine varieties Riesling. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) planted. It is consistently natural wine with natural greening, organic fertilization and integrated use of beneficials for pest control in order to promote the biodiversity and stabilization of the ecology system.
Through multiple selective hand-picking, only ripe and healthy grapes can be brought to the cellar. The wide range of products is according to the VDP classification model into the stages Great situation and first situation (golden capsule), local wines (black capsule ) and estate wines (white capsule) structured. The dry wines of the Great Lakes Michaelsberg, Schupen, Steingrüben and Forstberg are referred to as Grosse Gewächse. The high quality white wines will be fermented spontaneously and store up to a year on the whole yeast, The red wines are kept for up to 24 months exclusively in the 300-liter Barrique with special attention to the sensitive use of new barrels. The winery is a member of VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter), as well as the associations German Barrique Forum and Generation Riesling.