The traditional winery is located in the municipality of Burg Layen in the German wine-growing region of Nahe. In 2002, Johann Baptist Schäfer handed over the management of the winery to his son Sebastian, already the fourth generation of the family. Sebastian had been responsible for vinification since 1997. The vineyards cover eight hectares in the Schlossberg (Burg Layen), Goldloch and Pittermännchen (Dorsheim) vineyards. One third of the vineyards are planted with Riesling, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Scheurebe. There is a selective hand harvest and gentle processing.
The primary goal is to produce wines with a strong emphasis on terroir. Each wine goes through an individual process in order to fully develop its very special natural character. Therefore, the questions of fermentation with natural or pure-bred yeasts, processing in stainless steel tanks or in large wooden barrels as well as the duration of yeast storage are decided on a case-by-case basis. According to the philosophy of the house, this is done "in consultation with the grape must", so to speak. The product range is structured according to the VDP classification model. The Grossen Gewächse come from vines up to 50 years old. In years suitable for the weather, noble sweet Prädikat wines are also produced. Around 60,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. The winery has been a member of the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates) since 2014