Our hometown at the foot of the Julius Echter Mountain
The small wine town of Iphofen was first mentioned in a document in 741 AD. Its history began as a Franconian royal court, a farm whose yields accrued to the newly founded diocese of Würzburg. Iphofen lay on the important route from Frankfurt via Würzburg and Fürth to Regensburg. The old royal road is still the axis along which the B8 runs or the ICE line from Frankfurt to Nuremberg.
Iphofen received the title of town from the Bishop of Würzburg in 1293, because the Würzburg bishopric was expanding its territorial dominion and Iphofen was its south-eastern border town. The Würzburg bishops shaped the history of the little town until secularisation in 1810, one of the most important being Prince-Bishop Julius-Echter von Mespelbrunn (1545-1617), after whom Iphofen’s most famous vineyard is named. Wine, gypsum and wood have been the foundations of Iphofen’s prosperity since the Middle Ages. In 1949, the Knauf brothers built their first gypsum plant in Iphofen. In the meantime, the headquarters of the world’s largest gypsum company, which is still family-owned, are located here. The Knauf Museum displays a collection of reliefs from the great cultural epochs of antiquity, which is unique of its kind in Europe, as well as other changing exhibitions.
Guests are always welcome in our well-kept town (www.iphofen.de). Whether in one of the small hotels, in a holiday flat, in your own mobile home or in the famous romantic hotel Zehntkeller. There is a wide range of guided tours, even a carriage ride through the town and vineyards. As a restaurant, we naturally recommend the Iphöfer Kammer, located directly on the market square, which serves our wines and serves fine regional cuisine in a small space. In addition, there are many other culinary offerings, e.g. the Kulinarium 99, the Achtele, the Weiße Ross and the Deutscher Hof. An insider tip is the Blumencafé Holzheimer, directly opposite our winery.