The estate is located in the municipality of Castell (Steigerwald area) already mentioned in 816 in the German wine-growing region Franconia, The Castell family is one of the oldest noble families in Germany, the Castell-Castell and Castell-Rüdenhausen lines were raised to the rank of princes in 1901. The Castell's started viniculture at least as early as the 13th century. The wine was mentioned in a document by Count Rupert II in 1224, as well as the most important locations in 1266. The company Castell is now owned by Ferdinand Graf zu Castell-Castell, it is divided into three main areas: Princely Castell'sche Bank (founded in 1774, oldest bank in Bavaria), Princely Castell'sche Forest Department and Princely Castell'sche Domain Office. The winery has been managed by Björn Probst since 2016. Christian Frieß and Reinhard Firnbach are responsible as cellar masters.
The vineyards cover 70 hectares of vineyards in the largely privately owned Casteller individual layers Bausch, Hohnart. Kirchberg. ball game. Reitsteig. Schlossberg and Trautenberg, In addition, the contract winemakers of the Castell'sche Produergemeinschaft deliver grapes from a total of 30 hectares according to agreed quality standards. The main grape variety with around 40% of the area under vines is the Silvaner, which defines the Franconian wine-growing region. Incidentally, it was first planted in the Casteller Schlossberg in Germany in 1659. Furthermore, the white varieties Müller-Thurgau (20%), Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Bacchus, Scheurebe, Kerner and Rieslaner, as well as the red varieties Pinot Noir, Domina and Blauer Portugieser are cultivated.
Many wines have one spontaneous fermentation, The large plants are stored in the large wooden barrel for 18 months and the first layers 9 months lees and are bottled shortly before marketing. The wines are made according to the VDP classification model produced in the Grosse Lage, Erste Lage, Ortsweine and Gutsweine and Rebsortenweine & Cuvées lines. The wines from the purchased grapes are marketed under the Castell-Castell line. The flagships of the house are "Schlossberg Silvaner" and "Schlossberg Riesling". In weather-appropriate years too Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein vinified. Around 450,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. There are also many fine brandies (from yeast, pomace, plums, quinces and grapes), as well as bottle-fermented sparkling wines, sparkling wines under the name "FRÆNZI" and vinegars generated. The Castell winery is a member of the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) and in the grouping The goods (nine top German wineries from nine different growing areas).
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