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Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt

Germany Franconia/Franken Steigerwald

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The winery is located in the municipality of Castell (Steigerwald area), already mentioned in 816, in the German wine-growing region of Franken. The Castell family is one of the oldest noble families...
Name: Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt
Growing area: Franconia/Franken
Area: Steigerwald
Vineyard: 70 ha
Owner: Ferdinand Fürst zu Castell-Castell
Managing Director: Peter Geil
Wine Maker: Christian Frieß & Reinhard Firnbach
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The wines keep constant high level and are usually the best in their respective category in the area. Weaknesses, there is little, but can occur in difficult vintages. However, this must be balanced in good years with particularly compelling assortments so that an operation can hold the status. In most cases you can blindly buy.
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0.75 L
2015 Castell Schlossberg Silvaner Grosses Gewächs dry
36.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Klarer, recht fester, etwas nussiger, rauchiger, speckiger und hefiger Duft mit feinen, recht geschl...
0.75 L
2017 Schloss Castell Spätburgunder VDP.Gutswein dry
10.50 €
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas nussiger und ganz leicht holzwürziger Duft nach reifen roten Beeren mit leicht erdigen und tab...
0.75 L
2018 Castell Kugelspiel Silvaner VDP.Erste Lage dry
14.50 €
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas kräuterig-pflanzlicher und ein wenig erdiger Duft mit warmen, relativ verhaltenen gelbfruchtig...
0.75 L
2017 Castell Schlossberg Silvaner Grosses Gewächs dry
30.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Vegetabiler, nussiger und ein wenig erdiger Duft mit gelbfruchtigen und zart holzigen Noten, einem H...
0.75 L
2019 Schloss Castell Silvaner VDP.Gutswein dry
8.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Kühler, frischer, etwas pflanzlicher Duft mit hellen Kernobstaromen und mineralischen Anklängen. Küh...
0.75 L
2019 Castell Weißburgunder-Grauburgunder dry "Die Gefährten - Fürstin Marie Luise"
11.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Herber, etwas nussiger und pflanzlicher, noch zart hefiger Duft mit hellen gelbfruchtigen Aromen und...

The winery is located in the municipality of Castell (Steigerwald area), already mentioned in 816, in the German wine-growing region of Franconia. The Castell family is one of the oldest noble families in Germany. The Castell-Castell and Castell-Rüdenhausen lines were elevated to the rank of princes in 1901. Viticulture was practiced by the Castell's at least already in the 13th century. The wine was mentioned in a document by Count Rupert II in 1224 and the most important sites in 1266. Today the Castell company is owned by Ferdinand Graf zu Castell-Castell, it is divided into three main areas: the Princely Castell's Bank (founded in 1774, oldest bank in Bavaria), the Princely Castell's Forest Department and the Princely Castell's Domain Office. Since 2016 the winery has been managed by Björn Probst. Christian Frieß and Reinhard Firnbach are responsible as cellar masters.

Fürstlich Castell’sches Domänenamt

The vineyards cover 70 hectares of vineyards in the Castell single vineyards Bausch, Hohnart, Kirchberg, Kugelspiel, Reitsteig, Schlossberg and Trautberg, most of which are in exclusive ownership. In addition, the contract winegrowers of the Castell'sche Erzeugergemeinschaft deliver grapes from a total of 30 hectares according to agreed quality standards. The main grape variety with about 40% of the vineyard area is the Silvaner, which determines the Franconian wine region. By the way, this grape was first planted in Germany in 1659 in the Castell Schlossberg. Furthermore, the white wine varieties Müller-Thurgau (20%), Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Bacchus, Scheurebe, Kerner and Rieslaner, as well as the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Domina and Blauer Portugieser are cultivated.

Many wines undergo spontaneous fermentation. The Grosse Gewächse are aged for 18 months and the Erste Lage for 9 months in large wooden barrels on the fine yeast and are bottled just before being marketed. The wines are produced according to the VDP classification model in the lines Grosse Lage, Erste Lage, local wines and estate wines as well as 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 years with suitable weather conditions, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein are also produced. Around 450,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. There are also many noble brandies (made from yeast, marc, plums, quinces and grapes), as well as bottle-fermented sparkling wines, sparkling wines under the name "FRÆNZI" and vinegars. The Castell winery is a member of the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wineries) and the Die Güter grouping (nine top German wineries from nine different growing regions).

Picture: © German Wine Institute GmbH (DWI)

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