The traditional winery is located in Baden-Baden, district of Varnhalt, in the German Baden wine growing region. Thanks to the surrounding mountains, the climate provides the perfect basis for growing high-quality wines. The Cistercian nuns of Lichtenthal Abbey recognized this potential as early as 1268, when they first planted Pinot Noir vines on the monastery mountain rock, which they had imported from the mother monastery in Cîteaux near Beaune(Burgundy). As a result of the secularisation measures under Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821), the property fell to the Margrave of Baden in 1802. In 1864, the margravial court administration sold the estate to Rudolf von Koch, who co-founded the Deutsche Bank in Berlin in 1870.
Since 2016 the company has been owned by a family from the Bavarian Mittelfranken. A bunch economy is attached. The house also serves as an event location for wine tastings, weddings, family celebrations, seminars, company events and cooking classes. Steffen Röll is the manager of the winery, the other responsibilities are taken over by Annette Bähr (cellarmaster), Waldemar Krapiec (sales), Patric Hohl (commercial manager and marketing) and Tanja Frietsch (events). The vineyards comprise 33 hectares of our own vineyards in the individual locations Stich den Buben (detour), Klosterbergfelsen (Varnhalt), Mauerberg (Neuweier), and Engelsfelsen (Bühlertal). They are planted to 70% with the white wine varieties Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer,Pinot Blanc, PinotGris and Auxerrois, and 30% with the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. The white wine vines are reduced to an average of 45 to 50 hl/ha, the red wine vines for the top wines even to 20 hl/ha in order to increase quality.
The tripartite classification of the wines (based on the VDP classification model) into estate wines, local wines and site wines represents the modern key to a wine culture characterised by its origins on the one hand, and the easier allocation of the preferred wine for the consumer on the other. The white wines are mostly aged in traditional large wooden barrels or in barriques to give them more longevity and structure in taste. The red wines are aged dry in large wooden barrels and in barriques for at least 12 months exclusively after traditional maceration. On the occasion of the 750th anniversary, the red wine cuvée "Quantum Reserve 750" was bottled in 2018 in a limited quantity in a clay bottle. It was made from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo varieties, true to the winery's motto "Drinking dreams. Experience time". In addition, noble sweet wines up to Trockenbeerenauslese, bottle-fermented Crémants, bottled after 30 months of yeast aging, and alcohol-free sparkling wines are also produced.