The winegrowers' cooperative
in the community of Pfaffenweiler (Markgräflerland area) in the German Baden
winegrowing region was founded in 1950 on the initiative of the parish priest. Since 1994, Heinrich Stefan Männle has been the managing director and Roland Braun is responsible as cellar master. Since 2004 the winegrowers' cooperative has been operating under the name "Pfaffenweiler Weinhaus". Pfaffenweiler is one of the oldest wine-growing communities in Germany, as documented evidence shows that 716 vineyards were already being cultivated here. At the beginning of the 14th century, vineyards in the community came into the possession of the women of the Freiburg Clara convent, which belonged to the Franciscan order. The first evidence of quality-oriented viticulture in Pfaffenweiler dates back to 29 October 1692, when a new vineyard of about 40 ares was to be planted. In a contract with the Poor Clares monastery, the tenants of the vineyard undertook to carry out precisely defined work and to plant at least 300 new vines every year. The tenants did not only have to pay attention to vines "of good quality", but were also obliged to choose red wine or muscatel.
Today, the vineyards cover a total of 112 hectares in the two Pfaffenweiler individual sites of Batzenberg with loess loam soils and Oberdürrenberg with reddish limestone soils. The white wine varieties Gutedel (33 ha), Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling and Scheurebe, as well as the red wine varieties Pinot Noir (26 ha), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are cultivated and processed there. Quality criteria include reduced yields per hectare and a very late, selective manual harvest in three rounds. The wines are produced in the four lines "Sancta Clara" (absolute top plots with an exceptional microclimate), "Bannstein" (good to very good plots), "Classic Line" (from medium to good plots, bottled in 0.75 l bottles) and "Quality Wines" (bottled in 1 l bottles). Frizzante and bottle-fermented sparkling wines are also produced.