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Our history

Fourteen generations of passion for wine

We may not know all the stories of our ancestors, but we still thrive on their perseverance and passion for our landscape and its wines.

The beginnings

The Wirschings have been involved in viticulture for many generations. As early as 1528, a Hans Wirsching from Iphofen donated a vineyard to the Ebrach monastery. Centuries later, MICHAEL JOSEPH WIRSCHING (1823-1898) cultivated his wines in the house in today's Ludwigstrasse in Iphofen, his barrels still standing in the old cellar. In his time it was cold and there were only a few good vintages. Fungal diseases such as oidium and peronospera (powdery and downy mildew) introduced from America made life even more difficult for the winegrowers...

Difficult years

That is why he ran a grocery shop in addition to winegrowing. The turn of the century brought new difficulties for the next generation: ANDREAS WIRSCHING (1859-1910) was confronted with phylloxera, which ravaged Iphofen from 1904 to 1911 and completely destroyed all the vines on the so-called "Iphöfer Berg" in 1907.

The new beginning

HANS WIRSCHING (1895-1984), his son, returned from World War I as a young man in 1919 and took care of the replanting of the broken vineyards with reblaze-resistant grafted vines. He founded the Iphöfer Weinbauverein and, as its chairman, ensured that the famous Iphöfer Berg was planted by 1925 and given a new name: Iphöfer "Julius-Echter-Berg".

A good team

However, the great success story began in 1966 when Hans Wirsching's sons, Hans and Heinrich, took over the winery. HANS WIRSCHING jun. (1921-1990) was the gifted winemaker and cellar master...

Dr. Heinrich Wirsching

(born 1933) was the visionary and entrepreneur. He was committed to restructuring the partly inaccessible, small plots of land in a land consolidation and making them suitable for machines. The brothers invested in expensive steep slopes and a new outdoor farm. The "new style" that Hans gave his wines - fresh, reductive, elegant and lean - became a trademark.

International fame

Heinrich Wirsching shaped the development of the winery, which grew and became known far beyond Germany's borders. Wirsching wine was found at banquets of the American president, was taken all over the world by Bavarian delegations and in 1980 was even the Pope's "Mass wine".

Into the future...

Since 2014, ANDREA WIRSCHING (born 1964), the eldest daughter of Heinrich Wirsching, has taken over the management. She benefits from the old vines planted in the 70s and 80s, which are the prerequisite for the great wines from Erste Lagen and Große Lagen. The work of her team, which is successfully adapting to the climate changes, is rewarded with national and international awards.

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