The estate is located in Trier (Bernkastel area) in the German wine-growing region Moselle, The origin of the former foundation vineyard goes back to the year 1561, in which the Trier Jesuit College was opened. The vineyard ownership comes mainly from donations of Archbishop Johann vd Leyen and Archbishop Jacob zu Eltz (1561-1581). In 1773 the Jesuit College was dissolved and continued as "Electoral Gymnasium". By imperial decree Napoleon (1769-1821) the vineyards were returned to the school in 1805. The possessions were preserved even in Prussian times. The French "Collège" was renamed in 1896 to "Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium". The winery was taken over in 2003 by the episcopal seminary Trier, one of the partners of the Episcopal wineries Trier,
The vineyards cover 30 hectares of vineyards in classic steep slopes at the Middle Mosel in Bernkastel (Bathhouse), Graach ( Domprobst and Heaven ) and Trittenheim ( pharmacy ) on 17 hectares, and on the Saar next Trier on the Falkensteiner Hof (single location Hofberg) with 13 acres. They are exclusively with Riesling planted, Namesake is Friedrich Wilhelm III. (1770-1840), who was born at Sanssouci Castle (Kingdom of Prussia). According to the legend, "Fritz Willi" likes to be five times straight and enjoyed in good company with high-footed one or even several glasses of Mosel-Riesling. The Prussian king Frederick II the Great was his great-uncle. Since the year 2014, there is a named after him wine line "Fritz Willi".