The German growing area Franconia
was earlier in the three areas Maindreieck
and Steigerwald with 23 major layers and 216 individual layers structured. In November 2011, a new regulation was passed by the members of the Franconian Winegrowing Association. The three old areas are replaced by 12 much smaller ones. In the medium to long term, these will replace the 23 major locations. The old areas once played a role in the predominant marketing of Franconian table wine, which they had lost for some time. Before this conversion, the following description applied to the Steigerwald area:
The Steigerwald area is located in the east and covers more than 1,500 hectares of vineyards. This includes a section of the Tauber valley
in the headwaters of the Tauber near Rothenburg. The type of soil is heat-storing gypsum keuper. Layers of this formation are called "Rising" (therefore Steigerwald). These are the highest Franconian vineyards up to almost 400 meters above sea level. The most common varieties are Müller-Thurgau with 35%, Silvaner and Bacchus. The area is divided into the nine major locations Burgberg, Burgweg, Herrenberg, Kapellenberg, shield, Schlossberg, Schloßstück, Steige and Zabelstein.