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Franz Keller

Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler, Oberbergen Vogtsburg, Baden, Germany.

The estate was founded over 100 years ago and is now in the hands of the third generation of the Keller family. Senior Franz Keller played a pioneering role in the introduction of burgundy gray, and as a promoter for barrel-fermentation. Today the business is run by Fritz Keller, who is also active as the President of German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg.  

The estate is best known for producing dry wines reflecting the extraordinary terroir of the Kaiserstuhl and these wines have found international recognition as outstanding ambassadors for Baden’s wine culture. The area covers 49 hectares of vineyards. They are planted with Pinot Gris (34%), Pinot Noir (27%), Pinot Blanc (14%), Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sylvaner, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lemberger. The wines are produced in three lines. The basis is "Keller's Keller" with wines made from young plants. The next stage are estate wines, which usually take a position statement on the label. At the top are the selection of wines from old vines and low yields, which mature in oak barrels. 

The company includes the winery, "Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler", the Michelin star restaurant "Schwarzer Adler", the "Hotel im Weinberg", the Baden Tavern "Rebstock", the "Kellerwirtschaft" and an import and export wine trade business.