Tradition meets modern spirit
Here, at Lämmlin-Schindler, we combine sincere respect for a century-old tradition with a dedicated interest in innovation. The result: harmonic cooperation and a strong sense of quality. Read more
Originally from the area of Heilbronn, after the Thirty Year’s War (1618-1648) the Lämmlins, a family of winegrowers, moved to the southern part of the Markgräflerland. There, settled between the river Rhein and the foothill zone of the Black Forest, a mild climate, moderate wind and regular rainfall offer perfect conditions for growing wine. In the small village of Mauchen, embedded within a side valley of the Rhine Plain, the present-day winery Lämmlin-Schindler is framed by the “Große Lagen” of the vineyard slopes Mauchener Sonnenstück and Mauchener Frauenberg, which belong to Germany’s finest vineyard parcels.
The name of the idyllic village of Mauchen originates from the Alemannic term “muche”, which means “hidden”, as it lies well sheltered at the bottom of a valley between the river Rhein and the foothill zone of the Black Forest between Freiburg and Basel.
Viticulture is one the oldest occupations of the world, and the Lämmlins themselves have been growing wine since the 12th century. The framed family tree hanging above the nutwood table at the estate’s tasting room gives testimony of the family’s long history and ramification. Lämmlin-Schindlers are today still deeply attached to their families’ history and knowledge, which can be witnessed in their close connection to nature when working in the vineyard as well as in their respectful handling of nature’s resources.
In 1995 Gerd Schindler took over from his parents and has since managed the estate with sincere dedication and love for the wine and the region in which he and his family live. While respecting its history and traditions, he and his wife Heidi and their four children have gently led the family business into modern times. While retaining initial varieties like Gutedel, Spätburgunder, Weißburgunder and Grauburgunder, they have also planted new varieties like Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
In 1989 the family decided to resolutely turn to organic viticulture in order to guarantee that the authenticity and premium quality of the Mauchener vineyards also find their way into the wine.
Teamwork secures quality
Gerd and Heidi Schindler’s team consisting of Heidi Breitenfeld, Renate Baur, Jana Schenk und Martina Rissler guarantee competent service at the office and in the sales department.
Cellar master Friedhelm Maier, cooper Jonas Fünfgeld und Matthias Krumm support Gerd Schindler with meticulous care and passion.
And last, but not least, Gerd and Heidi’s four children naturally form a fixed component of the estate’s team: Judith, who is currently studying social work in Freiburg, Jonas, studying for his Abitur in Müllheim, Simon, apprentice to become a winemaker himself, and Hannah, who is studying for her masters degree in Agricultural and Food Economy in Wien.
The VDP Eagle
In order to become a member of the VDP, you need to be outstanding. Only those who attract attention by creating wines of long-term, superb quality may hope to become a VDP vintner. Read more
Founded in 1910, the “Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter” (VDP) is by now the world’s oldest wine growers’ association and regards itself as the elite in German viticulture. Thus, the prerequisites for membership are rather strict: It can neither be purchased nor personally applied for, but is by invitation only to those whose long-term, outstanding quality has sufficiently impressed other VDP members.
We want handcrafted, culturally inspired wines that reflect their origin. Wines that are authentic … that impart joie de vivre … that illustrate the entire stylistic diversity of Germany’s wine-growing regions.
Consequently, Lämmlin-Schindler is especially proud to be counted among the VDP vintners since 2006, which means being associated with the nation’s most renowned wine estates and being allowed to mark their bottles with the VDP logo, a stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes. In order to meet the high quality standards of the VDP, its members must comply to stringent regulations.
The four-tier pyramid of VDP classification organizes the different wines according to terroir and rates them with regard to their origin and quality.
The peak of the pyramid: VDP.Große Lage. Up here, everything needs to be perfect: site, grape variety and development. Three of Lämmlin-Schindler’s wines actually meet these standards for the highest quality, die Großen Gewächse of Mauchener Frauenberg: Chardonnay, Riesling and Spätburgunder which won gold at the International Organic Wine Award in 2016.
In Liaison with History
Whether as a delicious finale to a wine tasting, an elegant dinner or an enjoyable "Vesper" at the cosy Gutsschänke: The Gasthaus zur Krone will indulge its guests with a fresh and modern cuisine. Read more
A stop at the historic and well-known Gasthaus zur Krone is always a delightful experience. The restaurant is located just across the courtyard and has been part of the estate since 1862. Since 2012 chef Jan Kronfeld and Anne Reckmann have been indulging their guests with a crossover of traditional delicacies of Baden as well as a modern, light cuisine – always freshly prepared with seasonal, regional products. But not only lovers of traditional specialties of Baden will experience a culinary delight: The restaurant’s in-house pastry chef and her assortment of cakes and tortes also caters for lovers of the sweeter delights. (Contact us for further advice on restaurants etc.)