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Weingut Schloss Proschwitz (VdP)

History: The winery Proschwitz castle is not only the oldest but also the biggest privately owned winery in Saxony. The secret of the 800-year-old winery lies in the excellent southern disposition of the ideal soil combination of loess loam and granite rock. Thanks to the massive loess loam layer of six metres, the wine gets a marvellously fruity bouquet. Whereas the under lying granite rock allows our gums to savour the true depth of the wine.

Size of the planted Vineyards: 87,9 hectares; Location of the Vineyards: Location Schloss Proschwitz (50.7 ha), Location Kloster Heilig Kreuz Meissen (35,7 ha); Soil: loess loam and granite rock; Grape varietals grown: Pinot gris 20%, Pinot blanc 12%, Müller-Thurgau 11%, Elbling 8%, Pinot Noir 8%, Riesling 8%, Dornfelder 7%, Goldriesling 7%, Scheurebe 8%, Traminer + divers 8.3%

The Estate Policy : Cultivation follows the guidelines of “controlled environmentally friendly viniculture”. By means of greenery in the vineyards, it is possible to create an ecological balance there. Due to a selective yield reduction every year an optimum, high-quality harvest is processed.

Historical outline of the saxon wine growing area: Within the history of German viniculture, the Saxon wine growing area is one of the youngest and with its 450 ha is the smallest wine growing area in Germany. The prevailing continental climate with 1,800 hours of sunshine and with about 600 mm rain per year, always involves the danger of late frost and strong winter frost. The vineyards of this cultivation area are situated at approx. 51 degrees latitude, thus being the most north-easterly area of Germany.

Link to estate homepage: (German)