Guest Column

12 Oldest Wine Companies In The World


Which are the oldest wine companies? A question that crosses the minds of many wine enthusiasts.

The official birth of viticulture goes back to four thousand millennia before the birth of Christ. Since the early years of history, the wine was considered an elixir of the gods and a beverage reserved for the privileged few.

Nowadays, wine is no longer an exclusivist drink, therefore enjoy a glass of sparkling Prosecco while finding out which are the 12 oldest wine companies in the world.

Sign Up for E-News

1. Staffelter Hof – Germany

The Staffelter Hof is one of the oldest wine companies in Germany. Its name is linked to a monastery in Belgium and its winemaking history goes back to the 862 AD.

The winery produced wines exclusively for the monastery until the secularization during the French revolution and subsequently, the company was bought by Peter Schneiders, a vineyard manager responsible for the success and longevity of the company.

Today, the company is focused on the production of Riesling wines, although they also have an exquisite red, made from the Spätburgunder grape variety and aged in oak barrels.

2. Château de Goulaine – France

The Loire Valley is a region famous for its spectacular landscapes, medieval castles, and exquisite wines. And one of the oldest wine companies in France and in the world is located here. The Château de Goulaine’s history goes back to the year 1000 when Marquis Goulaine founded the first winery in France.

The winery still belongs to the same family and produces some excellent Muscat and Vouvray wines. For this reason, the company is considered the oldest European family owned winery.

It is also believed that the company produced the first commercial Chardonnay in the western Loire Valley.

3. Schloss Johanisberg – Germany

Although Germany is not one of the leader winemaking countries, it boasts some of the oldest wine companies. In fact, Schloss Johannisberg winery is the third on our list and its history begins in the year 1100.

Initially, the winery was a religious site that has been converted over time into a wine-growing company. The winery claims to have discovered the late harvest winemaking technique and although their claim is debatable, Schloss Johannisberg still made the first Spätlese Riesling in the world.

Other exquisite wines produced for the first time by the company are Auslese and Eiswein, two varieties particularly appreciated in Germany.

4. Barone Ricasoli – Italy

In 1141 Baron Ricasoli establishes the oldest wine company in Italy that still bears his name. The winery is located between Siena and Florence, an area particularly famous all over the world for the great quality of the wines.

Barone Ricasoli winery is a pioneer in the production of Chianti wine and also one of the major wine exporters of the Middle Ages. In fact, since the late 1600s, the company started to export its wines to the Netherlands and England. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the Ricasoli wines were exported to almost all over the world, including China and Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, South Africa, and Costa Rica.

One of the greatest achievements of the company is the choice of the Sangiovese grape variety as the main vine for the production of the classical Chianti wine.

5. Antinori – Italy

39 years later, in 1180, in Italy emerges the second oldest wine company of the country, the fifth in the world. Antinori family started producing wine in the Florentine countryside to then move to Florence in 1202.

In 1385 the winery joined the Guild of the Winemakers, and this is also the official date from which the company has started to be seen as a business.

Initially, the winery focused on the production of Chianti Classic variety and it reinvented itself in 1971 with the launch of the first Tignanello wine obtained from a blend of Tignanello, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties.

This wine literally shook up the Italian wine industry leading to changes in winemaking rules and attitudes. Another exquisite wine the company produces is Cabernet Solaia, a perfect blend of Tignanello and Bordeaux grapes.

6. Schloss Vollrads – Germany

Back to Germany, we have to mention a wine company founded in 1211 that became famous mainly for its Rieslings, the Schloss Vollrads winery.

The company started trading wine for the first time to the Saint Viktor monastery in Mainz, and the cultivation of Riesling developed steadily ever since.

Today, the winery brags about its ancient origins and opens its gates to visitors. Besides wine tasting and wine and food pairing courses, it is also possible to attend the harvest period and even follow the growth of the grapes in real time from anywhere in the world.

oldest wine companies

7. Frescobaldi – Italy

Without a doubt, both Italy and Germany have a word to say when it comes to the oldest wine companies in the world. In fact, the seventh oldest winery is considered to be the Frescobaldi, in Tuscany.

The winery roots are set in 1308 and the history of the company is closely linked to the evolution of art in the region. According to the Frescobaldi family, the company was the wine supplier of the Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo.

Frescobaldi also started to export wines and was one of the preferred wine suppliers of King Henry VIII.

The company is also a pioneer of the modern wine production in Tuscany and responsible for the introduction of the Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet vines to the region.

8. Karthäuserhof – Germany

Founded in 1335, this centuries-old winery is considered to be the eighth oldest wine company in the world.

The peculiarity of this winery throughout the centuries was the growth and production of only one variety of wine, although today it grows Riesling and a small quantity of Pinot Blanc.

For the growth of the grapes, the winery uses exclusively organic fertilizer and encourages natural predators in an attempt to maintain the use of pesticides to a minimum. All harvesting is done by hand and their wines are still produced according to the ancient techniques.

9. Can Bonastre – Spain

After over 200 years, in 1548, Spain meets its first winery, the Can Bonastre. The company’s vineyards stretch on over 100 hectares of land and count over 50 grape varieties, including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and also Tempranillo, a native variety.

The winery prioritizes the quality of its wines, paying a meticulous attention to all the aspects of the winemaking process.

Today, the Can Bonastre produces 13 different varieties of wines, most of them unique due to the creativity used to blend several varieties.

10. Codornìu – Spain

The second oldest wine company in Spain is Codorníu winery. Founded in 1551 and located in the region of Catalonia, the company is a pioneer in regard to the production of cava wines bottled in hollow bottles.

In fact, the first hollow bottles date back to 1872 when the family bottles the first sparkling wine in a bottle different from the others.

Today, the Codorníu’s sparkling wines are still produced and bottled according to the traditional method.

11. Casa Madero – Mexico

urprisingly enough, one of the oldest wine companies in the world is not located in Europe, but in Mexico. The foundation of the company is a contribution of Spain, who brought the winemaking techniques from Europe to Central America.

Located in Parras de la Fuente, the company was established in 1568 and started to produce wine for the masses 29 years later.

The winery is famous mostly for its delicious Chardonnays and it is safe to say that it is the first winery in all Americas.

12. Dopff-Au-Moulin – France

Lastly, we go back to the heart of Europe, more precisely in Alsace where the Dopff family established the Dopff-Au-Moulin winery in 1574. Since then, the family dedicated itself to the production of some of the finest wines in the region.

Dopff-Au-Moulin is considered the inventor of the exquisite Crémant d'Alsace, a wine that is a consequence of the grapes grown in a favorable climate and good soil and that is made through a special technique that implies a second fermentation in the bottle. The grapes of choice are Pinot Blanc, although the winery is famous for the production of many other wines as well.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Guest Column.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News



AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

Guest Column: Help! My Boss is A Bully and Harasses Me

Women in all fields have experienced sexual harassment as well as sexual assault by the famous and the merely inconspicuous. Too often the powers that be in the workplace turn a blind eye or protect the harasser.  Worse yet, the harassment is often accompanied by bullying and intimidation.

What should you do if you find yourself in a situation where your boss or supervisor is sexually ...

Morris Animal Inn: February is National Pet Dental Health Month

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Throughout the month of February, when you schedule your dog's teeth brushing at Morris Animal Inn's Salon, your dog will receive a FREE Dental treat.

Schedule now at 973-532-5030 or visit

Bullet Found at Brooklawn School Causes Lockdown - Updated

February 17, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - A stray bullet that was found in the hallway of Brooklawn Middle School was the cause of a lockdown yesterday afternoon.  

At approximately 2:25 PM Brooklawn Middle School was placed in lockdown after a student found a bullet in a hallway.

School Resource Officer P. McCarthy is assigned to and stationed inside the school and he quickly responded to ...

Nutley Schools Closed Friday Following Security Threat

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department is currently investigating a video posted to Instagram that suggested a possible threat to schools. Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer made the decision late Thursday night to close Nutley schools on Friday as a safety precaution. 

The Nutley Police Department reports they have spoken to the individual that posted the ...

Grand Reopening Activities for Morristown National Historical Park this Weekend

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The schedule of events for the Grand Opening of the Morristown National Historical Park's Discover History Center has been announced. From February 17 through February 20, visitors can attend a variety of talks, walks, interactive exhibits, and performances.  

All events will begin or occur at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington ...

Morristown High School Presents 'Anything Goes'

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Rehearsals are underway for the 2018 Morristown High School production of Anything Goes. There will be four performances; Thursday March 8, Friday March 9, Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11

Tickets are on sale and available at

Sign up to get all the news as it happens at and follow us on Facebook ...

Free Event

Happening today at 10am

Celebrate Presidents Day with Photography Exhibition on George Washington’s Headquarters

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The museum at New Jersey’s Morristown National Historical Park kicks off Presidents Day with the debut solo exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters:  Photographs by Xiomáro, curated by Jude M. Pfister, D.Litt, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources.  Admission is free and the 24 large images of the Ford Mansion, which served as ...

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Remembers Abraham Lincoln; Feb. 19

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is hosting a program for children on Monday February 19 titled, "Abraham Lincoln Remembered".

Kids can learn about Lincoln’s whistle-stop train trip that began on February 11, 1861 when he traveled from his home in Springfield, Illinois to Washington, DC, where he took the presidential oath of office and began his first term as ...

Movie Day at Morristown's South Street Creamery

MORRISTOWN, NJ - What are the kids doing on their snow day? If you are looking for something to do, the South Street Creamery & Cafe will be showing a movie today at 1pm.

The Creamery, located at 146 South Street, will be showing the movie Ella Enchanted (PG) which stars Anne Hathaway and Vivica Fox. According to the trailer, 'Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a ...

The HOPE ONE Van Comes to Morristown Library Feb. 8th

February 8, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The HOPE ONE van will be at the Morristown & Morris Township Library on today, February 8 from 9am - 2pm. 

The  HOPE One vehicle, which previously was used in police tactical operations is now a mobile recovery access vehicle. The vehicle, which  has trained staff on site, provides individuals with information about rehab, detox services, ...

iCan Bike, a Bike Riding Camp For People With Disabilities, Comes To CCM in Randolph

RANDOLPH, NJ- iCan Bike, a camp to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle, is coming to County College of Morris in the summer of 2018.  CCM is generously providing the use of their gymnasium for the iCan Bike organizers to run their program in.

The camp, which will be held August 6-10, is one of several programs run under the auspices of iCan Shine, ...

Brendan Fletcher of "The Voice" Named as a Judge for Morristown ONSTAGE

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) has announced this year’s panel of professional judges which includes 2016 semi-finalist on The Voice and New Jersey native, Brendan Fletcher.  Brendan was introduced to Morristown ONSTAGE last year when his friend and fellow musician, Jay Phatak, competed for the top prize and won last year’s 19 and over ...

Morris Township Firemen Host Valentine's Day Flower and Gift Sale

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Planning on getting roses for someone special this Valentine's Day? Why not get them from the HIllside Fire House and help support the Morris Township Emergency Management Association and the Morris Township Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association Local 70 .

The roses will be on sale at the Hillside Fire House, 132 Western Avenue on February 12 ...

During Morristown ONSTAGE, One Person in the Audience Will Win $1000 Shopping Spree. Will it be you?

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Every year, something new is added to make Morristown ONSTAGE a night to remember and this year is no exception. This year at Morristown ONSTAGE, everyone in the audience has a chance to be a winner.  One lucky ticket holder will win a $1,000 shopping spree at Century 21 Stores! The drawing for the winner will be held at the end of the show, as the judges are ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...

The 33% Approval Rating of this Administration Illustrates One Thing: The Electoral College Failed

The 33% Approval Rating of this Administration Illustrates One Thing: The Electoral College Failed

Jeff Sessions-  “Why would be bring somebody into the country who is illiterate in their own language?”  -To Tucker Carlson on FOX.

The most frustrating thing about the television is the one sided conversations that take place.  When the Attorney General, Jeffrey B.

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

NYJ Class for Young Mindless Players

If only this was true.....

Good morning. My name is Todd Bowles, head coach for the New York Jets, as you are all aware. Today we will be going over some of the stupidest things you should not do while playing for the NFL. Your agent should have gone over the NFL conduct rules and the New York Jets rules (although sometimes ours are a little less harsher, hush, hush) while you were signing ...

Game of Thrones: A Definitive Ranking of Seasons 1-7

Groundhog Day. The day a tiny mammal’s shadow tells us when winter will come to an end. Me? I prefer my weather forecast in the form of a white raven (the telltale changing of seasons in Westeros).

For a few days, rumors spread that Game of Thrones will not return for its final season until April 2019, and while it was clarified that the April return date was likely a false rumor, HBO ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Guest Column: How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 18

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Mon, February 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Mon, February 19, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

Andrea Gianchiglia: Tools of the Trade

Arts & Entertainment

Drug Charges Top This Week's Police Blotter

February 5, 2018

MORRIS COUNTY PARK POLICE  BLOTTER 1-23 through 1-26, 2018

1/23: ARREST FOR NARCOTICS: Officers executed a motor-vehicle stop for an equipment violation in Hanover Township. An investigation led to Nadia N. Imes, age 22, of Parsippany, to be charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released with a court date ...

Exploring Careers in Finance for Teens

February 8, 2018

Young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in Finance, are invited to an open house for a new Explorer Post at Boiling Springs Savings Bank, 448 Main Road, Towaco, on February 13, 2018 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. 

Exploring allows students to interact with professionals who will share their real-world experience.  Exploring can help a young person decide what career to ...