Landmarks of Wine Culture

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Landmarks of wine culture

Region: Mittelrhein

Bopparder Hamm

The largest contiguous vineyard area of the Mittelrhein lies within Rhine wine country's largest loop: Bopparder Hamm, a vine-clad district of the town of Boppard on the Rhine. The name probably derives from the Latin word hamus, meaning hook or crook (bend), alluding to the S-shaped form of the bend in the river.

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Region: Franken

Castell

April 6, 1659 was a milestone in the history of the Franconian village of Castell: Johann Georg Körner, the bailiff of the Count of Castell’s estate, had new vines planted at the foot of the Schlossberg (literally, castle hill).

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Region: Mosel

The Calmont Vineyard

There's no steeper slope even along the Mosel: With a gradient of up to 60 percent, the Calmont is the steepest sloped vineyard in all Europe. The hill with a height of 290 metres, rising between Bremm and Ediger-Eller, was born 400 million years ago in the earth age of Devon and consists of slate rocks and weathered graywacke stones.

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Region: Saale-Unstrut

The Vineyard Cottages of Saale-Unstrut

They are the landmark of the wine making region of Saale-Unstrut: the vineyard cottages. In no other region of Germany, there is such an amassment of these little cottages, huts and sometimes even villas that used to serve as shelters for the laborers in the vineyards.

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Region: Nahe

The Open-Air Museum of Bad Sobernheim

This is a panorama of viticulture, stretching from Medieval times up to today – and there's no better place to experience it all than the open-air museum of Bad Sobernheim on the Nahe river. Founded in 1973 in the idyllic valley of the nightingale, the museum today stretches out over 35 hectares and answers to 60 000 visitors per year: it is the biggest open-air museum in the state of Rhenania-Palatina.

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Region: Nahe

Weinbaudomäne Niederhausen-Schloßböckelheim

This hill has become famous for the prophetress Hildegard von Bingen, but the Disibodenberg in Odernheim on the Nahe river also has an ages old history of viticulture. Traces on the southern slope point to Roman grapevines that once grew on the Disibodenberg.

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Region: Sachsen

Hoflößnitz

This can truly be called the cradle of Saxon viticulture: Here, on the estate Hoflößnitz, the Saxon electors partied during the wine harvest, here, the Saxon Club was invented - and here, a history of 600 years of viticultural tradition is at home. 

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Region: Mosel

The City of Art Nouveau, Traben-Trarbach

This is a true landmark for the significance wine trading once held for the Mosel region: the Art Nouveau city of Traben-Trarbach. Around the year 1900, the small city in the middle of the Mosel valley was the most important wine trading city of the world – with the exception of French Bordeaux.

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Region: Franken

Juliusspital

Probably the oldest depiction of a "Bocksbeutel" appears right in the middle of a 16th-century stone relief mounted on an exterior wall of the Juliusspital. Maybe it was meant to symbolize a medical flask...

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Region: Württemberg

Kessler at Esslingen

This champagne's godfather was none other than the most famous brand Veuve Cliquot: On July 1st, 1826, Georg Christian von Kessler founded the first champagne manufactory of Germany in Esslingen on the Neckar river..

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