Our company, the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG“ (“The Lauffen Vintners”) is a cooperative (eG: eingetragene Genossenschaft, engl.: registered cooperative) in Württemberg which comprises around 1.200 member-vintners.
We cultivate about 880 hectares of vineyards, thereof 120 in terraced steep vineyards. Thanks to the outstanding performance of the member-vintners and their ambition to harvest excellent grapes, we achieve not only a production of high quality wines, but also - in spite of the hard physical work in the steep slopes – a maintenance of the unique cultural landscape of the Lauffener valley of the river Neckar.
Production and sales area
We grow and harvest around 12.5 million kilograms on an average year.
The local market is very important and plays a significant role for our distribution. About 50% of our wines are sold in within Baden-Württemberg and 50% with national distribution in Germany and Export markets.
Lauffen am Neckar is located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany, in the middle of the Neckar-Valley between Heilbronn and Stuttgart.
The Lauffener wine history has its verifiable beginnings in Roman times. A “valx arborea”, an antiques knife for trees and vines, was found in the roman "villa rustica", some structure of a former roman settling. The first proven evidences of wine growing activities in this area dates back to the 8th century. Since the end of the 19th century, due to German wine growing crisis, several cooperative initiatives took place, however the foundation of the Lauffener Cooperative in 1935 turned out to be stable. Today, the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG” is one of the best and most successful cooperatives in Germany. In 2012 the „Lauffener Weingärtner eG“ took over the cooperative “Käsbergkeller Mundelsheim”, which was founded in 1903 and is kept as a separate brand. These wines are crushed and vinified at the Käsberg Cellar in the town of Mundelsheim.
Certificates / Industry standards
DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft = German Agricultural Association) recommended cooperative wine growers association, International Featured Standard (IFS), ECOVIN, BIO-Baden-Württemberg