WEINGUT ZÄHRINGER is a winery in the Markgräflerland sub-region of Baden in Germany. It was established in 1844 by Wilhelm and Josef Zähringer in Heitersheim on the edge of the Black Forest, and is now run by the 6th generation.
OWNER Wolfgang Zähringer.
STAFF Vineyard Manager: Paulin Köpfer (and his son Gabriel).
VINEYARDS 9.75 hectares (24 acres) of estate vineyards plus grape purchases from local growers whose 40 hectares (99 acres) are certified either organic or Demeter Biodynamic.
COVER CROPS Under the management of cover crop specialist Paulin Köpfer a sward is left between the vines all year. The inter-rows are re-sown each spring with low growing plants like alfalfa, clover, mustard, salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor), mallows (Malva), and Calendula. The subsoil earth is lifted at a depth of 25cm with a subsoiler, but is not turned. This allows both subsoil and top soil to remain in place whereas with traditional ploughing the topsoil ends up as subsoil and the subsoil ends up as topsoil, causing erosion and the appearance of more aggressive weeds.
CERTIFICATION 1987 Converted to organics. 2005 Began working biodynamically. 2010 Demeter certified Biodynamic for the first time. 2016 Still Demeter certified Biodynamic.
HEITERSHEIMER MALTESGARTEN Fertile loamy soil. Rivaner, Pinot Gris, Gutedel. 2011 Gutedel (Chasselas) 80,000 bottles. Wide, soft, easy at Millésime Bio 2012.
HEITERSHEIMER SONNHOHLE Deep loess in the Sonnhohle. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir.
SPÄTBURGUNDER, SR 2008 100% Pinot Noir. Barrel aged. 2,000-5,000 bottles. Briary at Millésime Bio 2012.
CONTACT Weingut Zähringer, Johanniterstrasse 61, D-79423 Heitersheim / +49 (0)7634 50489 / www.weingut-zaehringer.de