History of then and now
Not far from the center of the German Wine street surrounded by vineyards is a wonderful gem called Weingut Schloessel in the village of Kirrweiler, Pfalz. “Schloessel” meaning little castle in English is what we have today with a cellar having a long history, over 500 years old. This winery has been here creating top-quality wines since the times of the Romans inhabited the area. With the Mediterranean climate and diverse soil quality it ideal to grow the best grapes for wine here. Kirrweiler was once a moated castle with a surround wall serving as the summer residence for the Prince Bishops of Speyer. As in the olden days the church required a tax or tithing therefore the Bishop was paid 10% of the wine as well as 10% from other farms in the area. Our vaulted cellar was where these goods were stored creating the name of “Fürstbischöflichen Zehntkeller” or “Price Bishops 10 Cellar.” There is still a tradition today of bringing the wine to the Bishop of Speyer each year on June/Julyby by horse and carriage. Weingut Schloessel has a long and rich history. Wine has always been a part of the history here in Rhineland Pfalz so the house has a lot to say. Our cellar that dates back over 500 years is all that is left after castle that was destroyed during the French revolution.
Come and learn a little about this little treasure off the German wine street, rich in history and abundant in fantastic wines.