The winegrowers' cooperative based in Herxheim am Berg (Mittelhaardt/Deutsche Weinstraße area) in the German wine-growing region of Pfalz
was founded in 1937. The origins of viticulture in Herxheim can be traced back to a fortified, Franconian nobleman's farm, of whose gates only the northern one remains. It became the "Pfaffenhoftor", the landmark and logo of the cooperative. An extended, modern wine press building was put into operation in 2002. A new vinotheque with a unique view from the highest point of the German Wine Route was opened in spring 2015. Thomas Vogel is the managing director and Bernhard Siegel is the cellar master in charge.
A total of 190 hectares of vineyards are cultivated by the 50 member farms. These are located in the municipalities of Dackenheim, Freinsheim, Herxheim and Kallstadt. The prime vineyards are the single vineyards Honigsack, Kirchenstück and Himmelreich
in Herxheim. A wide range of varieties is cultivated. These are the white wine varieties Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rivaner, as well as the red wine varieties Pinot Noir, Portugieser, Dornfelder, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Laurent, Frühburgunder and Acolon.
The member farms farm according to specified guidelines with the aim of healthy and fully ripe grapes. These include variety selection, vine training
, yield regulation
and plant protection
as well as strict hygiene regulations
. The processing of the grapes and technical measures in the cellar are carried out as gently as possible with the use of gravity. The premium line "Noblesse" includes the white wines "Chardonnay Spätlese Herxheimer Honigsack" and "Grauburgunder Spätlese Dackenheimer Liebesbrunnen", the red wine "Spätburgunder Spätlese Herxheimer Honigsack" and the red wine cuvée "Palatium" (CS, Merlot, Spätburgunder). Grape juices are also produced