The Stigler estate dates from 1881 when the Stigler family laid the foundation of this renowned estate by purchasing a parcel of vines at the Ihringer Winklerberg site.
This is one of the top vine growing regions of Germany, situated in Baden region in the south-east corner of the country on the Rhine plain between the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains. Wines from the Winklerberg have been highly esteemed for their quality since the site was first cultivated in the 19th Century, but nearly 140 years of soil improvement that have been made to the porous, stony, mineral-rich volcanic soil now yield award-winning wines.
The south-facing slopes of Ihringer Kaiserstuhl vineyard – or emperor’s chair – part of the Stigler estate, also benefit from the warm air that blows directly across from the Burgundy region.
This particular climate also benefits the Stigler’s Oberrotweiler Eichberg vineyard, another top site which was acquired by the family in 1983. The soil of this vineyard consists primarily of weathered volcanic stone – in this case, however, it is covered by a thick layer of loam.
Terroir is everything…
The Stigler’s Freiburger Schloßberg vineyard in the Breigau district has nearly twice the rainfall as the Kaiserstuhl and is also shaped by the cool Höllentäler wind that blows in from the Black Forest every evening.
Wines from Stigler include: Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Riesling, Silvaner, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Chardonnay, Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc.