The vineyards of the Princely House of Castell-Castell go back to 1224. With almost 800 years of winemaking tradition, the domain Castell is one of the oldest German wineries. On April 6, 1659 history was written with the planting of the first Silvaner vines in Germany. With our passion for wine, we want to continue this sustainable development and are convinced that the future belongs to the Silvaner as the grape variety of Franken.
Our vineyards are located in the eastern area of the Franken wine-growing region on the slopes of the Steigerwald. Its gypsum sparkling floors give the wines their spicy minerality. They gain strength and abundance in the continental climate with its dry and warm summer and autumn months.
Today, seven vineyard locations - mostly owned exclusively by the Castell family - form the core of the 70-hectare vineyard. The surrounding vineyards of the Schlossberg are characterized by the continental climate of Franken and the strong gypsum sparkling soils of the Steigerwald. The first documentary mention of our most important vineyard sites Schlossberg, Hohnart, Reitsteig and Trautberg dates back to 1266. The Silvaner, first planted in Casteller Boden in 1659, is at home in our climate and soil, and occupies the majority of our vineyards with almost 40 percent - he is part of our identity. In addition to other grape varieties, we focus on Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.
(Source: Weingut Castell)