The winery is located in the municipality Dernau in the German wine-growing region Ahr
, Attached is the Gutsschenke "Hofgarten", which has been in family ownership for 200 years. The current owner Werner Näkel studied sports and mathematics. In 1982, he took over the family business and viticulture initially only as a sideline. This was expanded from then two hectares to the present extent. He began experimenting with long maceration periods and barrique aging. From the end of the 1980s, Werner Näkel, who was described as a "red wine magician" as an innovative winemaker, was decisively involved in today's high quality level at the Ahr. In 1989, the first of many red wine prices was won.