Knights and squires
The first deed of the castle dates back 800 years to the knights of Goldenberg. The colorful past includes ownership by Habsburg princes and Zürich patrician families until 1893, when the ancestors of current family Kindhauser purchased the estate.
“Vines were grown from very early on since all farming in those days included making your own wine,” explains Susette Zoelly-Kindhauser. Her great-grandfather updated the castle architecture, added utility buildings for horses, farm equipment and carriages, built an orangery and hired staff and an estate manager to run it. It was Susette’s and her two brothers Heiner and Ueli Kindhauser’s parents who put the focus on winemaking, and the three siblings run the family vineyard in the famous Zürich wine region together today, with the next generation already in training.
In the early days of 110 years of winemaking at castle Goldenberg, the vintage was delivered with horse and carriage to restaurants in Zürich. Even the hospital in Winterthur ordered wine to help effect speedy healing with patients!
Today, private and business clients come up to the castle to attend wine tastings and select their nectar from a wide variety of white, rosé and red wines. Winegrowers Heiner and Ueli care year-round for the vineyard. During harvest time, the grapes are picked by hand, carefully transported, freed from stems and lovingly pressed in the castle vaults. Marc Schlossbrand, a rarity wine which has become highly prized, is ripened for several years in oak barrels. Even a tee-totaler like me will appreciate the glorious vistas in every direction and the sense of history of the castle and adjacent buildings. For more information and to view Schloss Goldenberg’s wine tasting schedule go to http://www.schloss-goldenberg.ch/home.html.