The winery is located in the city of Würzburg in the German wine-growing region of Franconia. It was founded in 1576 by Prince-Bishop Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn (1545-1617) on the model of the Hospice de Beaune. He acquired the "Judengarten" outside the old town for this purpose. The prince-bishop transferred sufficient income and extensive property to his foundation to cover its tasks, which included vineyards, among others in the world-famous Würzburger Stein site, as well as extensive agricultural and forestry properties. To this day, a home for the elderly, a hospice, two palliative wards, a nursing school and other welfare facilities are maintained. The foundation's task of caring for the sick was taken over by Klinikum Würzburg Mitte at the beginning of 2017. The 250-metre-long cellar corridor, laid out in 1699 by Antonio Petrini, is the longest wooden barrel cellar in Germany and lined with 220 oak barrels. There is the company's own vinotheque "Weineck Julius Echter" opposite the main entrance to the Juliusspital. The administrator is Dipl. Ing. agr. Horst Kolesch, as cellar master Dipl. Oenologist Nicolas Frauer and Helmut Klüpfel are responsible.
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