MARKGRAF VON BADEN
Große Gewächse - The Best of Baden
Wines from this remarkable estate are pressed at Schloss Salem on Lake Constance and at Schloss Staufenberg in the Ortenau region. Both locations have been property of the Margraves of Baden for generations. They are more than just sites of origin; they are the hubs from which Baden's wine culture radiates. Each is part of an ancient cultural landscape and a formative feature of Baden viticultural life for centuries.
One of the oldest documented winegrowing blocks on the Leopoldsberg site is the "Buchberg," referenced subtly on the label through the 'B' suffix. This block, which features a gradient of up to 30%, is virtually guaranteed sunshine all day long; combined with the weathered moraine soils, it delivers an almost Burgundian style. It was in the "Klingelberg" block (indicated on the label with a suffixed "K") that Margrave Carl Friedrich planted the first rows of pure Riesling in 1782, earning it the name of "Klingelberger" at that time. Located at an elevation of almost 400 m, it is one of the highest Riesling sites in all of Baden. The humus-poor soils on this steep site contain a mix of porphyry and granite and do not retain much water. The "Sophienberg" is an old block on the east end of Schloss Staufenberg that descends towards the southeast. The soils of the Sophienberg contain more clay and loam than the parcels on the upper portion of the slope. Those elements give the vines an optimal supply of water and nutrients. The special microclimate at the foot of the Schloss Staufenberg hill, taken together with these specific soils, offers ideal natural conditions for the Pinot Noir vines. The steep hills of the Staufenberg have been planted with vines for centuries. Schloss Staufenberg was built in the 11th century as the fortress for the rulers of famed Zähringer duchy, the ancestors to the Margraves of Baden. In 1782, Margrave Carl Friedrich von Baden, who would later become the Grand Duke and progenitor of systematic quality winegrowing in Baden, was the first to cultivate pure unmixed stands of Riesling, here in his "Klingelberg" block. This gave birth to the myth of the "Klingelberger," which stands for the Ortenau region's unique Riesling tradition. Mineral, complex and powerful. That's the profile of wines from Schloss Staufenberg. No wonder: they're rooted in granite.