The estate is located in the already mentioned 816 municipality Castell (area Steigerwald) in the German wine-growing region Franconia, The family Castell is one of the oldest noble families in Germany, the lines Castell-Castell and Castell-Rüdenhausen were raised in 1901 in the princely state. Viticulture was operated by the Castell's at least as early as the 13th century. The wine was documented in 1224 in a writing by Count Rupert II, as well as the most important documents 1266 documented. The Castell company is today owned by Ferdinand Graf zu Castell-Castell, and is divided into three main areas: the Princely Castell'sche Bank (founded in 1774, the oldest bank in Bavaria), the Fürstlich Castell'sche Forst department and the Fürstlich Castell'sche Domänenamt. The winery is run since 2016 by Björn Probst. The cellar masters are Christian Frieß and Reinhard Firnbach.
The vineyards cover 70 hectares of vineyards in the mostly sole ownership Casteller individual layers Bausch, Hohnart. Kirchberg. ball game. Reitsteig. Schlossberg and Trautenberg, In addition, the contract growers of the Castellian Farmer Group will deliver grapes from 30 hectares in accordance with agreed quality standards. The main grape variety with about 40% of the vineyard is the wine region Franconia defining Silvaner, which incidentally was first planted in 1659 in Germany in Casteller Schlossberg. 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 Blue Portuguese are cultivated.
For many wines is a spontaneous fermentation, The Grosse Gewächse store 18 months and the first layers 9 months in a large wooden barrel on the lees and are bottled shortly before marketing. The wines are made according to the VDP classification model produced in the lines Great location, First location, local wines and estate wines and varietal wines & cuvées. 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 are also Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein vinified. Every year around 450,000 bottles of wine are produced. There are also many brandies (from yeast, pomace, plums, quince and grapes), as well as flaschenvergorene sect, sparkling wines under the name "FRÆNZI" and vinegars generated. The winery Castell is a member of VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) and in the grouping The goods (nine top German wine estates from nine different growing areas).
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