Zimmermann-Graeff & Müller, in short ZGM, based in Zell in the Moselle Valley is one of the leading wineries in Germany. The family business was founded in 1886 by Jacob Zimmermann. Today the company is managed in the fifth generation by his great-great granddaughter Dr. Tina Schiemann and son-in-law Kristian Schiemann. Johannes Hübinger, who managed and developed the company for over 35 years has now taken on a new position as Chairman of the Advisory Board. The success of ZGM is based on excellent wine quality which stands at the centre of our business.
Decades of experience in the production and sales of wine made the development and distribution of attractive wine labels such as Michel Schneider and Lorch possible. For the first-named label significant growth in sales has been achieved through media advertising. Over the past years ZGM has also widened its range of products by including childrens drinks thanks to the use of trade marks such as Hello Kitty and Smurfs, and has thus been able to demonstrate its top-rate performance in production and marketing. The winery stands for innovations which pertain to the very different current consumer needs and markets. In 2019 ZGM launched its Allure line which was especially developed for a young target group. In the sector of Bag-in-Box ZGM is one of the market leaders in Germany and is seen as one of the most competitive suppliers in this segment.
The wide ZGM range of German, European and New World wines is available almost everywhere in the German food retail trade and on the shelves of numerous other countries. ZGM is foremost with its premier quality philosophy for all of its products. As one of the strongest export businesses in the German wine industry its wines are sold in over 50 countries around the world. Over 1000 selected winegrowers from the Rhineland-Palatinate supply the winery with grapes. Through the acquisition of the Lorch winery in 2009 ZGM now has its own grape-pressing station and its own bulk wine cellar in Bad Bergzabern. Since the completion of the new warehouse complex in 2017 ZGM now is the proud owner of one of the most modern high rack storage systems in the wine business.
ZGM currently employs 275 staff including 19 trainees and in 2018 with sales of over 105 million litres the companys net turnover amounted to 160 million Euros.
Almost 45 per cent of the entire sales volume at ZGM originate from German winegrowing regions, especially from the Moselle, Pfalz and Rheinhessen regions. The range of wines is complemented by wines from European countries and overseas. The oenological handling is performed by their own staff who also cover buying and finishing wines. Constant control measures based on strict quality regulations are implemented in the entire company, especially concerning the vinification and bottling of wines. Further quality assurance is added by advising the contract winegrowers during viticulture.