Due to the early death of his father, Bernd Himmel led his parents‘ company together with his mother at the age of 14. In 1963 he became administrator in the Schwan Winery. The master of the winemaking trade, Bernd Himmel, convinced his sometimes stubborn boss of his work, visions, and last but not least, through his capacity to succeed. Not only professionally, but also privately, he could impress his future father-in-law. In 1970 Bernd Himmel married the daughter of the house, Reinhild Himmel nee Schwan. As it turned out later a strong team developed.
Bernd Himmel saw himself forced to make a decision by declining revenues in agriculture. He found the solution in a specialization of the enterprise. He first left cattle farming, and a few years later gave up agriculture. Weingut Schwan was thus the first vineyard in the Zellertal to strictly focus on winegrowing.
On one hand the increasing mechanization in the foreign economy and in the basement made the work much easier, and on the other high investments had to be made. 1980 the winery underwent a large renovation with the construction of tank storage, bottle storage, sales room and tasting room. Since then the wine sales have steadily increased.