Our vineyards are located in the south of Baden, in the Markgräflerland. Millions of years ago this Black Forest foothills was covered by blown loess, which in the meantime has developed into deep loam. The small brooks and rivers that spring from the Black Forest have cut into this zone lots of small valleys running from east to west. Vines are grown on the south-facing slopes, while fields and fruit crops are found on the north-facing slopes.
Our locations are dominated by the summit of the Belchen in the east, the fortified church of Betberg, which is more than 1000 years old, is in the south and the Rhine plain extends to the west, with the Vosges in the background. Due to the location in the influence area of the Burgundian Gate, a valley between the Jura and the Vosges, warm Mediterranean air flows to us, which makes our particularly mild climate.
The Heitersheimer Sonnhohle is the smallest and, in terms of terroir, the best single location, the gentle slope of which slopes all the way to the south. It covers a total of only 7 hectares (1 hectare = 100 x 100 m = 10,000 square meters), of which the Zähringer winery alone cultivates 4.5 hectares of vines. The soil conditions are changeable and range from loess to clayey loam. In this prime location, we only grow Burgundy varieties as well as Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Heitersheimer Maltesergarten is a large single location that extends from Heitersheim to Betberg. The loess terraces are planted with Burgundy varieties, Chardonnay, Gutedel and Müller-Thurgau.