The roots of the von Schönborn family can be traced back to the crusades and the first mention with respect to viticulture was in the year 1349. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family, (27 generations). Over the years the estate was steadily enlarged especially in the 17th century with acquisitions of the famous Erbacher Marcobrunn. With almost 50% ownership, the Schönborn’s have by far the largest ownership in this great vineyard. Historic invoices document the purchase of hand blown glass bottles in 1725, acknowledging that the Schönborn’s were among the first to bottle their wines.
For over 660 years the Schönborn’s have practiced sustainable vineyard practices, in parallel with a philosophy of producing great wines continuously. The estate owns over 50 hectares, (125 acres), of vineyards throughout the Rheingau. It is the only estate in the region with 38 single vineyard holdings in the best parts of the region.