The estate is located in the municipality Großheppach (area Remstal-Stuttgart) in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, The traditional family has been operating here since 1514, that is, for more than 500 years viticulture. But only since 1975, the grapes themselves are further processed. At that time, the young viticulture technician Bernhard Ellwanger started the self-marketing together with his wife Ingrid. Since 1985, the winery is a training company for budding winegrower Meanwhile, son Sven and daughter Yvonne have completed wine studies in Geisenheim Heilbronn responsible for the winery. After practice stay in New Zealand Since 1999 Sven Ellwanger is responsible for cellar technology.
The vineyards cover 31 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Steingrüble, tub and Zügernberg (Großheppach), Grafenberg (Schorndorf), and Lichtenberg (Geradstetten). They 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 to 40% with the white wine varieties Riesling. Red Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ), Pinot Gris ( Pinot Gris ) Chardonnay. Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Blanc planted. Some are very old, autochthonous Sorts. The environmentally friendly, ecological and sustainable Management is carried out according to the guidelines of the Fair Choice Association. Through selective hand-picking, only ripe and healthy grapes are processed.
Goal are varietal Wines through appropriate vinification. The white wines are for the sake of flavor spontaneous cooled fermented, the red wines go through one maceration, The high quality red wines are without filtration bottled. The premium wines of the house are Sauvignon blanc "Young Swabia" * Fumé blanc *, Pinot Noir "SL" * Großheppacher Steingrüble *, Lemberger "SL" * Großheppacher tub *. In weather-appropriate years is also a Eiswein vinified. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, sparkling wines, brandies (fruit, pomace) and liqueurs are also produced. Every year, 220,000 bottles of wine are produced. The winery is a member of the associations Young Swabia, Fair Choice, Slow Food. Pro Riesling, Generation Riesling and Württemberger wineries.