The winery is located in the community of Bad Dürkheim (Mittelhaardt/Deutsche Weinstraße area) in the German Palatinate wine region. The Peter family has been growing wine since 1774, the foundation stone was laid by Philipp Wilhelm Peter. The winery Castel Peter was founded in 1983 by master winemaker Wilfried Peter and his wife Heike. Wilfried Peter was also the main initiator of the foundation of Barrique Forum Pfalz. In the year 2007 there were changes in the winery. Since there is no successor from the family, the estate was leased. Since then, the new owners are Barbara Hoffmann and Albrecht Merck - both are graduates of a viticulture study in Geisenheim. Barbara Hoffmann, a trained winemaker with experience in several European countries, is the technical manager of the winery and is responsible for the outdoor operation and the cellar. Albrecht Merck is responsible for the commercial aspects and marketing of the wines.
The vineyards comprise 14 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Fuchsmantel, Hochbenn, Spielberg (Bad Dürkheim) and Herrenberg (Ungstein). They are planted with the white wine varieties Riesling, Kerner,Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois,Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the red wine varieties PinotMeunier, Dornfelder, Acolon,Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Dorsa, Cabernet Cubin and Cabernet Mitos. Organic viticulture is practised according to the rules of the ECOVIN association, with organic fertilisation through greening and no herbicides. Only 100% healthy and ripe grapes are processed.
The wines are marketed in three classes. The estate wines (*) are produced with a maximum yield of 85 hl/ha. The selection wines (**) have a maximum yield of 65 hl/ha; the white wines lie on the yeast for five months; the red wines mature for at least 12 months in large wooden barrels. The premium wines (***) have a maximum yield of 40 hl/ha from only the best grapes; the red wines have an extended and mature at least 12 months in new barriques. The premium wines include the Chardonnay, aged for 18 months in new barriques, and the red wine cuvée "Dizzy" (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon), aged for 36 months in new barriques. About 100,000 bottles of wine are produced annually, of which about 5% go to the Netherlands and Denmark. The winery is a member of ECOVIN and Forum Pfalz, Barbara Hoffmann is a member of Vinissima.