The German growing area Franconia
used to be in the three areas Maindreieck
and Steigerwald with 23 large layers and 216 individual layers. In November 2011 a new regulation was decided by the members of the Franconian Wine Association. The three old areas will be replaced by 12 much smaller ones. In the medium to long term, these will also replace the 23 large locations. The old areas once played a role in the predominant marketing of Franconian table wine, which they had lost for a long time. Before this change, the following description applied to the Steigerwald area:
The Steigerwald area is in the east and covers over 1,500 hectares of vineyards. This includes a section of the Tauber valley
in the source area of the Tauber near Rothenburg. Heat-storing gypsum keuper prevails as the floor type. Layers of this formation are called "climbing" (hence Steigerwald). These are the highest Franconian vineyards up to almost 400 meters above sea level. The most common types are Müller-Thurgau with 35%, Silvaner and Bacchus. The area is divided into the nine major locations Burgberg, Burgweg, Herrenberg, Kapellenberg, Schild, Schloßberg, Schloßstück, Steige and Zabelstein.