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Zimmermann-Graeff & Müller (ZGM) in Zell took over the distribution of Michael Frank's Donatushof vineyard in Konz-Krettnach on the Saar at the Prowein 2017. With the estate's fine-tart Riesling, the company wants to "round off its portfolio upwards", the company announced.

According to ZGM, part of the 34 hectares of Donatushof vineyards with Riesling, Elbling and Burgundy varieties is "predominantly organically fertilized". The trained winegrower and viticulture technician has been running the family business since 2003, assisted by his parents Marie-Josée and Erwin, who have been managing the winery since it was taken over in 1995. The business was founded in 1868 as an inn with colonial goods trade and viticulture. The Michael Frank winery is still owned by the family today. In 1995 the family took over the Donatushof, which is located in Konz-Kommlingen.

ZGM currently employs around 289 people, and in 2016 the turnover was 162 million euros. The company has three operating facilities: In Plant I (Zell-Barl) and Plant II (Kinheim), the employees produce more than 500,000 bottles and 120,000 litres of bag in box daily in two shifts with four bottle and two bag-in-box filling lines. According to its own statements, ZGM can store a total of 54 million litres of cask wine in its plants and has storage space for a further 10 million litres of bottled wine. Over 1,000 winegrowers from Rhineland-Palatinate supply grapes. Through the takeover of the Lorch Winery in 2009, ZGM also has its own wine press station and barrel wine cellar in Bad Bergzabern.

(uka / Photo: Büscher / German Wine Institute)