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Häge

The family business is located in the municipality of Illingen-Schützingen (area Württembergisch Unterland) in the German wine-growing region Wuerttemberg, It was founded in 1987 by Johannes and Ilse Häge. A Gutsschenke is connected. Although it is a jointly managed family business, two different wineries are operated. Certain practices, such as organic fertilization, are used in both. Nevertheless, there is a clear separation of the two cultivation methods. Even in the cellar, conventional and organic wines are strictly separated.

Johannes Häge is responsible for the original vineyard. The vineyards cover a total of 3.3 hectares of which 1.9 hectares of steep terraced plots in the individual layers Closter vineyard (Maulbronn), heap (Mühlhausen / Enz) and Schanzreiter (Illingen). They are planted with the red varieties Pinot Noir, Lemberger, Trollinger, Schwarzriesling, Dornfelder, Regent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Mitos and Merlot, and with the white varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Kerner. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, sparkling wines and spirits (pomace, wine, fruit) are also produced. In weather-appropriate years will also Eiswein vinified.

Since 1984, part of the vineyards according to the guidelines for Organic viticulture managed since 2005 as an own winery led by the organic winemaker Ilse Häge and markets the wines with their own label. The vineyard area covers 2.15 hectares in the individual layers Halde (Mühlhausen) and Heiligenberg (Schützingen). It cultivates the red varieties Lemberger, Pinot Noir, Samtrot, Trollinger and Regent, as well as the white varieties Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Rivaner.

The entire cellar economy is located in the historic Schützinger Kelter from 1658. White wines are controlled in stainless steel tanks cool and slowly fermented and store until shortly before bottling in March at the lees, Red wines are fermented exclusively at the mash in butts or a tank with paddles for dipping the mash. All red wines except the Trollinger and Schwarzriesling are stored for at least half a year in used barriques, during which time they are on their own lees lie. In addition, there is also the expansion of selected varieties and qualities in new barriques.

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