vollrads logo1The viticulture history of Schloss Vollrads is inseparably linked with the name Greiffenclau. It was the family with the longest tradition of wine growing - not only in the Rheingau, but probably in the world.

A certificate shows that on November 18th 1211, Ruthard Embricho and Heinrich Greiffenclau sold wines from their hometown, Winkel, to the St. Victor monastery in Mainz. Even in the Middle Ages Vollrads wines were a valuable commodity exported to towns along the Lower Rhine and in northern Germany. Then, as now, vines were cultivated on the south facing slopes along the River Rhine that still fan out in a semicircle around the Vollrads Palace.

The estate itself has got a moved history. In 1097 the name Greiffenclau was mentioned in documents for the first time and it was Earl Erwein Matuschka Greifenclau who managed the estate, in 27th Generation, until 1997.

Today, this long tradition is enhanced by the most modern technical equipment and meticulous care in the cellars. The estate's 80 ha are planted exclusively with Riesling the finest white grape grown in Germany. In order to achieve the highest quality possible, Schloss Vollrads controls yields through selective pruning, practices ecologically-oriented vineyard maintenance, harvests its grapes late and selectively by hand and allows its wines to develop with as little interference as possible. The cellar master strives to retain all the grapes' natural aromas, minerals and acids during vinification and to produce fruity Riesling wines that reflect their variety character.

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