The estate is located in the town of Lorch in the German wine-growing region Rheingau . It was founded in 1826 to supply the family out of the hotel Altenkirch "The Swan". There rose in 1878, the German Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) and from the winery Altenkirch was subsequently appointed purveyor to the imperial family. Besides Franziska Breuer Hadwiger today Andrew is responsible of roses as a managing partner for the economic development of the property. As operations manager Tomoko Kuriyama is responsible for outdoor use and as oenologist for the development of the wines. After studying the Intern. Relation in Tokyo, Frankfurt and in business and economics studies in Geisenheim began this training in 2000, its winemakers winery prince.Informationen zu "Weingut Friedrich Altenkirch GmbH & Co. KG" im Wein-Plus Weinführer
The vineyards cover 20 hectares of vineyards with a total of 70 parcels in the Lorch prime locations Bodental-Steinberg, Chapel Hill , Crown (single location, Germany) and Schlossberg (single location, Germany) to gray shale, Taunus quartzite schist and slate weathering soils, which form the basis form for the Altenkirch wines. They are mainly with Riesling, and Pinot Noir planted something. There is a consistent natural management with the aim of low income. Due to the rapidly decreasing slopes with a gradient of up to 60 percent a strictly manual management is possible. Even at the Bloom appropriate measures are taken to the grapes in the fall to protect against excessive Botrytis. Instead of sharp cut back in order to yield control is set to the gentle process of Triebaufwicklung. There is constant review of the vine growth to control the supply of nutrients. If necessary, a correction made â€‹â€‹by green manure, hay or apply by incorporation of compost .
The vinification by Tomoko Kuriyama is based on the principle of "controlled inaction." With the aim of possible optimal solutions for each wine and vintage are other methods used. The wines are produced in three grades. As "steep slope" designated "estate wines" are the foundation. Then follow, depending on soil type as loess, gray schist and quartz schist developed "terroir wines". Top hierarchy are the "single vineyard wines" with the name of the prime locations. The winery also produces classically flaschenvergorene sect. As a special feature can be leased vines.