Staffelter Hof is a family run winery, distillery and guest house situated in the small town of Kröv. It is situated in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the sixth oldest company in the world that remains open.
The Staffelter Hof name, originally belonging to a wine-producing abbey, goes as far back as 862 and is, therefore, one of the oldest companies in the world. The first written documentation of the Staffelter Hof abbey is on an original document now located in the city archives (Archives de l’État à Liège) of Liège, Belgium. Lands belonging to the Carolingian Dynasty (580–876 AD), which spread as far as Kröv and beyond home of the current winery, were donated to the abbey to work as a source of income. These properties were in possession of the abbey until the establishment of the Napoleonic Code in 1804. In 1805, the land in Kröv was purchased by Peter Schneiders for 1773 Taler and subsequently passed down 7 generations to Jan Matthias Klein, the current winemaker who took over from his father, Gerd Klein, in 2005.
In 1960 the current guest house was established which consists of 4 double rooms and 6 apartments, all of which is now run by Hildegunde (Gundi) Klein, wife of Gerd Klein, and mother of Jan Klein.
The distillery at the property was established sometime after 1890 by Kilian Klein, Gerd's grandfather. Each year schnaps is produced from trester or marc, hefe (yeast lees), mirabell, cherries, apples, pears and plums as well as a few home made liqueurs.
There are 12 hectares of vineyards belonging to Staffelter Hof, these are located in Paradies, Kirchlay, Letterlay, Steffensberg, and lastly Dhron Hofberger located in Neumagen-Dhron which was added to the estate from Gundi's family after her marriage to Gerd. All 10 hectares were converted to organic viticulture during 2011-2014 and the property achieved organic certification in 2014.
White 90% of total production
Red 10% of total production
Staffelter Hof produces three tiers of wine, the Wappenwein – Heraldic Wines, Signatureweine – Signature Wines, Motivweine – Wolf Wines. These wines span dry to sweet, sparkling (including hand remuaged traditional method Sekt), rose, white and red.
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- Staffelter Hof Winery - Kröv, Moselle - Fine Rieslings, guest rooms, holiday apartments and distillery