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Margrave of Baden

The company "Margrave of Baden" has its headquarters in the municipality of Salem (Lake Constance area) in the German wine-growing region to bathe, The family Baden gave its name to the growing area. The family played a key role in shaping the Baden wine culture. Margrave Christoph I of Baden (1453-1527) was responsible for the first wine law in Baden of 1494. Grand Duke Carl Friedrich of Baden (1728-1811) is considered to be the creator of the Baden quality vineyard. In 1782 he planted 3,700 Riesling sticks in the Klingelberg (Durbach) for the first time in pure-variety. The variety proved to be excellent and was subsequently in many Baden communities under the name still used today Klingelberger planted. The first plantings of the Gewürztraminer and the Clevner (Traminer) also go back to the innovative Grand Duke. The first winery in Germany was set in 1925 on the Müller-Thurgau. The margrave had abolished serfdom in Baden, introduced compulsory education and earned himself the research in viticulture and training of young winegrowers.

Since 1998, the eldest son of Margrave Max von Baden, SKH Bernhard Prince of Baden, continues the winemaking tradition. In addition to viticulture are also land / forestry, fish farming and heritage preservation business of the Margrave's headquarters. The winery Margrave of Baden manages in the areas of Lake Constance and Ortenau on two locations a total of 135 hectares of vineyards in the growing area Baden. Managing Director is SGH Michael Prince of Baden. Volker Faust is responsible for the winery in Salem and as general manager. In Staufenberg, Achim Kirchner is the direct contact. The cellar master is Martin Kölble. Since January 2012 the winery is member in the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).

The former monastery Salem with extensive vineyards came in 1802 in the possession of the house. The vineyards of Salem Castle (Lake Constance area) cover 110 hectares in the individual layers Chorherrenhalde (Meersburg), Kirchhalde (Birnau), Leopoldsberg (Bermatingen), Sängerhalde (Mark village) and Schlossberg (Kirchberg), and nine acres in the monopoly single location Castle Rheinburg (Gailingen). It is the red wine variety Spätburgunder, as well as the white varieties Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc cultivated. The wines are produced in the three lines "Estate wines Margrave of Baden", "Lagenweine" and "Fidelitas". Bottle-fermented sparkling wines and brandies (wine, fruit) are also produced.

Staufenberg Castle, which has been in the possession of the house since 1693, is located in the municipality of Durbach (Ortenau area). The vineyards cover 25 hectares of vineyards in a single location Schlossberg (Durbach). The castle Staufenberg, which in some sources is considered as independent, is only an alias for Schlossberg. Mainly the two varieties Klingelberger-Riesling (45%) and Blue Pinot Noir (30%) are cultivated. Others are Clevner (local name for the Traminer), Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. During the fermentation becomes with autochthonen selected from the Klingelberg yeasts worked. All Spätburgunder red wines come into contact with wooden barrels. The absolute top Pinot Noir are fermented exclusively in wood cuves and then mature in new oak barrels.

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