The winery in Haardt (a suburb of Neustadt) in the German Pfalz
wine growing region lies at the foot of the Haardt Mountains. It was founded in the 18th century by the Huguenot family Catoir, the oldest document referring to viticulture dates back to 1744. For almost a hundred years the winery was run by women (great-grandmother, grandmother and mother of the current owner). Today it is managed in the ninth generation by Jakob Heinrich Catoir and his son Philipp David, cellar master is Martin Franzen. The part of the name Müller comes from a grandmother of the present owner. The vineyards comprise 20 hectares of vineyards in the individual locations Bürgergarten
(Haardt), Grain and Mönchgarten (Neustadt an der Weinstraße), Eselshaut
(Gimmeldingen), and Römerbrunnen (Hambach). Different types of soil predominate, from heavy Latvian to loess and loamy gravel. The dominant main variety is the Riesling with about 60% of the area (12 ha), followed by Rieslaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Scheurebe
The great rise began in the early 1960s, when Jakob Heinrich Catoir and his then cellar master Hans Günter Schwarz began to introduce rigorous quality standards. These included extremely reduced yields through thinning out
and very late harvesting with strict selection of only fully ripe and healthy grapes. Long before today's ecological
movement, near-natural cultivation with organic fertilization, permanent greening and intensive foliage cultivation was practised. The finished wine is tapped once, lightly filtered and then left to stand until bottling. The results are absolutely pure and fruity wines. Also noble sweet predicates to ice wine are pressed. About 130,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. The winery is a member of the VDP
(Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter).