The estate is located in the municipality of Bönnigheim (Württembergisch Unterland area) between Stromberg and Heuchelberg in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, The traditional family has been wine-growing since 1510. Ernst Dautel left the local in the mid-1970s wine cooperative from (an affront because his father was a founding member). As early as the mid-1980s, he started doing something unusual at the time Barrique, planted new grape varieties like Chardonnay, produced exclusively dry Wines and dealt with high-quality red wine blends. He is considered a pioneer in German viticulture.
In the meantime, the direction in the basement 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 included the Austrian expert for Biodynamic viticulture, Franz Weninger or one of the world's best Chardonnay producers, Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, He has been working with his father in the winery since 2010 and has since taken over the business in the 21st generation of the family.
The vineyards cover around 13 hectares of vineyards in individual locations Sonnenberg with the two won or VDP.Large layers of Schupen and stone turnips (Bönnigheim), Forstberg (Oberstenfeld), Michael Berg (Cleebronn) and Wurmberg (Besigheim). Half of them are with 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 viticulture with natural greening, more organic fertilization and integrated use of beneficials for pest control to promote biodiversity and stabilization of the ecological system.
Through multiple selective hand picking, only ripe and healthy grapes reach the cellar. The wide range of products is according to the VDP classification model in the steps of the large location and the first location (golden capsule), local wines (black capsule ) and estate wines (white capsule). The dry wines from the large vineyards of Michaelsberg, Schupen, Steinröben and Forstberg are known as Grosse Gewächse. The high quality white wines are fermented spontaneously and store up to a year on the whole yeast, For up to 24 months, the red wines are made exclusively in 300 liter Barrique expanded, paying particular attention to the sensitive use of new barrels. The winery is a member of VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter), as well as with the associations German barrique forum and Generation Riesling.