The winery is located in the community of Lorch in the German Rheingau
wine region. It was founded in 1826 to supply the hotel "Der Schwan" run by the Altenkirch family. In 1878, the German Emperor Wilhelm I (1797-1888) stayed there and the winery subsequently became purveyor to the imperial court. The owner and manager is Franziska Breuer-Hadwiger, the cellar master is Jasper Bruysten.
The vineyards comprise 15 hectares of vineyards with a total of 70 plots in the Lorch top sites Bodental-Steinberg, Kapellenberg
on grey slate, Taunus quartzite slate and slate weathered soils, which form the basis for the Altenkirch wines. They are mainly planted with Riesling and some Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. A consequent natural cultivation is carried out with the aim of low yields. Due to the steep slopes with a gradient of up to 60 percent, exclusively manual cultivation is necessary. Appropriate measures are already taken during flowering
to protect the grapes from excessive botrytis in autumn. Instead of vigorous pruning for yield control, the gentle method of shoot winding is used. There is a constant check of the vine growth with regard to nutrient supply. If necessary, a correction is made by green manure, the introduction of hay or the application of compost
The wines are produced in three quality levels. The "estate wines" known as "Steillage" form the basis. Then follow the terroir wines, which are developed as "grey slate" and "quartz slate" depending on the type of soil. The highest hierarchy are the site wines with the names of the four individual Lorcher sites mentioned above. The winery also produces classic bottle-fermented sparkling wines. As a special feature, vines can be leased.