The winegrowers' cooperative, based in Herxheim am Berg (Mittelhaardt/Deutsche Weinstraße area) in the German Palatinate
wine region, was founded in 1937. The origin of viticulture in Herxheim can be traced back to a fortified, Franconian aristocratic court, of whose gates only the northern one is still preserved. As "Pfaffenhoftor" it became 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. Managing director is Thomas Vogel, responsible cellarmaster Bernhard Siegel.
A total of 190 hectares of vineyards are cultivated by the 50 member companies. These are located in the districts of the communities of Dackenheim, Freinsheim, Herxheim and Kallstadt. The fillet pieces are the Herxheim single vineyards Honigsack, Kirchenstück and Himmelreich
. A large variety 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 companies cultivate according to specified guidelines with the aim of producing healthy and fully ripe grapes. This includes the selection of varieties, the way they are grown
, yield regulation
and plant protection
as well as strict hygiene regulations
. The processing of the grapes and cellar technical measures are carried out as gently as possible using 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, Pinot Noir). Grape juices are also produced.