The experience vineyard "Schloss Wackerbarth" is located in Radebeul in the German wine growing region of Saxony. In 1836 the French cellarmaster Johann Joseph Mouzon brought the classic bottle fermentation from his home town of Reims to Radebeul. He thus laid the foundation stone for the second oldest sparkling wine cellar in Germany. The history of the winery is also closely connected with the Saxon court: between 1727 and 1730, August Christoph Count von Wackerbarth (1662-1734), one of the closest confidants of the Saxon ruler August I (1670-1733), known as "August the Strong", had the Baroque palace and gardens built as his retirement residence. After extensive renovation and the construction of the modern manufactory, Schloss Wackerbarth was reopened in 2002 as Europe's first adventure winery. In its picturesque ensemble of baroque grounds, centuries-old terraced vineyards and modern wine and sparkling wine manufacture, more than 190,000 guests are welcomed each year. Today the estate is owned by the Sächsische AufbauBank (SAB); Sonja Schilg is the managing director and Jürgen Aumüller the oenological director.
The vineyards cover 92 hectares of vines, of which about a quarter are located in the steeply terraced vineyards of the Saxon Elbe Valley. This means that the winery has the largest proportion of steep slopes of all Saxon winegrowers. The individual sites are Heinrichsburg (Seußlitz), as well as Goldener Wagen, Johannisberg, Paradies, Steinrücken and Wackerbarthberg (Radebeul). They are planted with the white wine varieties Riesling (25 ha), Müller-Thurgau, Kerner,Pinot Blanc, PinotGris, Traminer, Scheurebe, Goldriesling and Bacchus, as well as the red wine varieties PinotNoir and Dornfelder, Blaufränkisch and early burgundy. Great attention is paid to natural, sustainable viticulture as well as to the "Cool Climate" style typical of the growing region. The average yield is 38 to 45 hl/ha, in the steep slopes partly significantly lower. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines are also produced, as well as high-premium wines such as Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein in years with suitable weather conditions. Around 600,000 bottles of wine and sparkling wine are produced annually. The winery is a member of the Saxony Winegrowers' Association and the Association of German Sparkling Wine Cellars.
Picture: DWI (German Wine Institute)