Joachim Heger continues on the strict quality philosophy of his ancestors and combines them with modern technology, a good deal of enthusiasm and the strong will to produce only the very best wines.
In 1935, the Country Doctor Max Heger bought idle plots on Ihringer Winklerberg and thus laid the foundation stone of the Dr. Heger vineyard. His son, Wolfgang Heger, led on the operations in the 1960s. Today the company is running in the third generation formed by the Geisenheim wine expert Joachim Heger and his wife Silvia.
Meanwhile, in addition to the vineyards on Winklerberg, parcels on the Achkarrer Schlossberg are included with possession of the estate. Both layers, Winklerberg as well as Schlossberg, are classified by the VDP as primary locations.
The name Heger is inseparably connected to the Ihringer Winklerberg. A real “Grand Cru”-Location which is one of the best known and most sought after locations in Germany due to intact ecology and an exceptional terroir and due to being extremely steep, extremely hot and extremely rocky. Joachim Heger is considered one of the best winemakers of Germany and one of the largest private Steillage winemakers as some vineyards were formerly only worked by means of the horse. His whole passion is directed towards the outstanding vineyard. In 2013 he was selected in the Gault Millau for his performance as winemaker of the year.
Since 2009 Joachim Heger has been the chairman of the regional union of Baden in the Association of German Wine Estates (VDP).