The estate is located in the commune of Großheppach (Remstal-Stuttgart area) in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, The traditional family has been wine-growing here since 1514, i.e. for over 500 years. But the grapes have only been processed further since 1975. At that time, the young winegrower Bernhard Ellwanger and his wife Ingrid started self-marketing. Since 1985 the winery has been a training company for prospective students winegrower In the meantime, son Sven and daughter Yvonne are in Geisenheim resp. Heilbronn responsible for the winery. After a practical stay in New Zealand Sven Ellwanger has been responsible for cellar technology since 1999.
The vineyards cover 31 hectares of vines in the individual layers Steingrüble, Wanne and Zügernberg (Großheppach), Grafenberg (Schorndorf) and Lichtenberg (Geradstetten). You are 60% with the red varieties Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ), Lemberger ( Blaufränkisch ), Trollinger ( Schiava Grossa ), Nutmeg trollinger ( Muscat d'Hamburg ) Merlot. Syrah and Black Urban ( Schiava Gentile ), as well as 40% with the white wines Riesling. Red Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ), Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) Chardonnay. Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Blanc planted. Some of them are very old, autochthonous Sorts. The environmentally friendly, ecological and sustainable Management takes place according to the guidelines of the Fair Choice Association. By selective hand picking only ripe and healthy grapes are processed.
Are target varietal Wines through appropriate vinification. The white wines are used for aromatics spontaneous fermented chilled, the red wines go through one maceration, The high-quality red wines are made without filtration bottled. The house premium wines are Sauvignon blanc "Young Swabia" * Fumé blanc *, Pinot Noir "SL" * Großheppacher Steinrüble *, Lemberger "SL" * Großheppacher Wanne *. In weather-appropriate years there will also be a Eiswein vinified. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, sparkling wines, brandies (fruit, pomace) and liqueurs are also produced. 220,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. The winery is a member of the Young Swabia, Fair Choice, Slow food. Per Riesling, Generation Riesling and Württemberger wineries.