The winery is located in the municipality of Bönnigheim (Württembergisch Unterland area) between Stromberg and Heuchelberg in the German wine-growing region of Württemberg. The traditional family has been growing grapes since 1510. Ernst Dautel resigned from the local winegrowers' cooperative in the mid-1970s (an affront, as his father was a founding member). As early as the mid-1980s, he began barrique ageing, which was unusual at the time, planted new grape varieties such as Chardonnay, produced exclusively dry wines and dealt with high-quality red wine cuvées. He is thus considered a pioneer in German viticulture. In the meantime, the direction in the cellar and in the vineyards has passed to the next generation. His son Christian studied viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim and Bordeaux. He also gained experience through numerous internships in South Africa, the USA, Australia, Austria and France. His teachers included the Austrian expert in biodynamic viticulture, Franz Weninger, and one of the world's best Chardonnay producers, Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault. He has been working at the winery together with his father since 2010 and has meanwhile taken over the business in the 21st family generation.
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