The traditional winery is located in the community of Iphofen (Steigerwald area) in the German Franconian wine region. The estate has been in family ownership since 1630. After the Second World War (1939-1945), Hans Wirsching laid the foundation stone for the present estate. He was largely responsible for the fact that the best Iphöfer location was named Julius-Echter-Berg. From 1966 onwards, the 14th generation of Dr. Heinrich Wirsching and his brother Hans developed it into a leading business. In the meantime, the business is managed by Andrea Wirsching and her sister Lena will continue the female management. Dr. Uwe Matheus is responsible as plant manager and Dr. Klaus-Peter Heigel as cellar master.
The vineyards cover 90 hectares of vineyards at the foot of the Schwanberg in the individual locations Julius-Echter-Berg, Kalb, Kronsberg and Mönchshütte (Iphofen). They are planted with the white wine varieties Silvaner (40%), Riesling,Pinot Blanc, PinotGris, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Müller-Thurgau, Scheurebe and Gewürztraminer, as well as the red wine varietiesPinot Noir, Blauer Portugieser and Dornfelder. In 1952 Hans Wirsching planted one of the first Scheureben in Franconia on the Kronsberg. Since then, the winery has been one of the experts in this grape variety. We consistently practice environmentally friendly viticulture close to nature. Appropriate measures such as thinning out the vines are used to greatly reduce yields in order to increase quality.
In accordance with the VDP classification model, the wide range of products is divided into four levels: Grosse Gewächse, Erste Lage, local wines and estate wines. The grapes harvested by selective manual harvesting are processed gently. The aim is to produce wines with freshness and effervescence as well as vintage and varietal character. The winery is a specialist for Franconian dry wines. The white wines are matured in stainless steel tanks, the red wines mature in the old vaulted cellar, mostly in large wooden barrels. A small part of the white and red wines is also matured in French barrique barrels.
Since 2016, experiences have been exchanged with the partner winery "Kishor" in the western Galilee in Israel as part of the "TWIN-WINERY" initiative. In this context, a kosher Silvaner has been produced since 2016. Pearl wines, bottle-fermented sparkling wines and fine brandies (marc, mirabelle, WIRGIN) are also produced. The annual production comprises about 600,000 bottles of wine. The winery is a member of the German Barrique Forum Association and the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wineries).