The winery is located in the municipality of Oestrich-Winkel in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau. The castle was built by the dynasty of the Reichsfreiherren von Greiffenclau at the beginning of the 14th century, and the name "Vollrads" is probably derived from a personal name already mentioned in 1268. The family tree of the Greiffenclau family can be traced back to the year 1097. Georg Philipp von Greiffenclau had the actual manor house built in 1684 next to the residential tower, which Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) found "whimsical" during his visit in 1814. The von Greiffenclau family produced many important personalities, including archbishops and electors of Mainz and Trier and prince bishops of Würzburg. Erwein Count Matuschka-Greiffenclau (1938-1997), the 27th scion of the dynasty, was president of the Rheingau Winegrowers' Association from 1990 to 1997. With his death, the almost 800-year family tradition of viticulture at Schloss Vollrads came to an end. In the period 1979 to 1997, the neighbouring Fürst Löwenstein wine estate was operated on a leasehold basis, which is now managed independently again.
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