The estate is located in the municipality of Mettenheim (Nierstein area) in the German wine-growing region Rheinhessen
, It has been family-owned for 250 years and has been managed by Gerhard Sander since 1979. After practice at foreign wineries, son Stefan works with the company. As early as the 1950s, Ottoheinrich Sander began as a pioneer with natural viticulture. He wanted to do something about humus depletion and soil erosion in his vineyards and reduce the negative effects of monoculture. The one on the label ladybug
is the symbol and symbol of environmentally friendly agriculture. These include organic fertilization, promotion of beneficials
and preservation of hedges and embankments, as well as environmentally friendly control of fungal diseases through plant extracts, wettable sulfur
and mild copper.
The company is said to be the oldest after ecological In terms of economic winery in Germany. The vineyards cover 25 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Michelsberg and Schlossberg (Mettenheim), as well Aulerde
(Westhofen). They are planted with the white varieties Riesling (6 ha), Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Scheurebe and Gewürztraminer, as well as the red varieties Pinot Noir, Portuguese, Dornfelder, Black Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes from six hectares are processed by a further two wineries working according to DEMETER guidelines. The wines are aged over 90% dry. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines and brandies (yeast) are also produced. The winery is a member of the organic associations DEMETER
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