The SCHAFLERHOF was built around 1700 for sheep breeding under the rule of the Esterhazy princes (from 1676) and belonged to the nearby Deutschkreutz Castle. Until 1671 this was the residence of the Counts Nadasdy, until the Esterhazy family took over the castle together with the manor and developed it into an estate. Around 1800, the domestic sheep breeding reached its peak under Nicholas II Esterhazy with about 1000 sheep, before it then perished in the middle of the 19th century. The SCHAFLERHOF was then converted to cattle farming and dairy farming. Until the 2nd World War the SCHAFLERHOF was farmed and during the occupation period after the war the Esterhazy property was administered by the Soviets. During this time families from Deutschkreutz inhabited the farm. After their departure, the SCHAFLERHOF stood empty and was thus left to decay.
In 1957 the Esterhazy farm became the property of the municipality of Deutschkreutz. After Prof. Anton Lehmden owned the estate from 1966, it was finally acquired by the Reisner-IGLER family in 2004. From 2005, the family began to plan conservation measures, as well as renovation and reconstruction. In the following years 2006-2008 the realization and thus revitalization of the SCHAFLERHOFS took place as a dependence of the winery Hans Igler. After the elaborate architectural expansion and redesign of the tasting and sales rooms and the reconstruction of the roof with the Zollinger lamella construction, as true to the original as possible, by DI Anton Mayerhofer, the opening took place in 2009. Today, the historic walls are undoubtedly one of the top sights of the Blaufränkisch region.
2010 UNTIL TODAY
Events & Functions
Since then, the SCHAFLERHOF has served not only as a salesroom but also as a warehouse for 600 barrique barrels It also offers a unique atmosphere for wine tastings, wine menus and serves as an event location in contemporary architecture. The premises incl. Terrace and outdoor facilities can be rented e.g. for seminars, presentations or excursion destination. Tastings are individually tailored and are an experience for wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Of course, we offer guided tours and tastings in English. The cellar of the estate is used as a VULCANO vinotheque and includes all vintages of the top cuvées.