The estate is located in the Lorch commune in the German wine-growing region Rheingau
, It was founded in 1826 to supply the “The Swan” hotel, run by the Altenkirch family. The German Emperor Wilhelm I (1797-1888) stayed there in 1878 and the winery subsequently became the purveyor to the imperial family. Franziska Breuer-Hadwiger is the owner and managing director, while Jasper Bruysten is responsible as cellar master.
The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vineyards with a total of 70 plots in the top locations of Lorcher Bodental-Steinberg, chapel hill
on gray slate, Taunus quartzite slate and slate weathering soils, which form the basis for the Altenkirch wines. They are mainly planted with Riesling, as well as some Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Consistent, close-to-nature management takes place with the goal of low yields. Due to the steeply sloping slopes with an incline of up to 60 percent, only manual management is necessary. Already with the blossom
Appropriate measures are taken to protect the grapes from excessive botrytis in autumn. Instead of vigorous pruning for the purpose of yield control, the gentle process of winding up the drives is used. There is a constant check of the vine growth with regard to nutrient supply. If necessary, a correction is made by green manuring, adding hay or applying compost
The wines are produced in three quality levels. The "estate wines" referred to as the "steep slope" form the basis. Then follow the "gray slate" and "quartz slate" terroir wines, depending on the soil type. The top hierarchy is the vineyard wines with the names of the four Lorcher individual vineyards listed above. The winery also produces classic bottle-fermented sparkling wines. As a special feature, vines can be leased.