Landmarks of Wine Culture

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Landmarks of wine culture

Region: Hessische Bergstraße

Kloster Lorsch

Probably no other place in Germany has done as much to preserve viticultural history as Lorsch Abbey, located just west of the strata montana, or mountain road, opposite the Hessische Bergstrasse region. A countless number of communities within an area stretching from Baden in the south, Franken in the east, and Rheinhessen in the west are able to track their viticultural history up to the early Middle Ages - thanks to Lorsch Abbey.

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Region: Hessische Bergstraße

Wine and Stone

The "Wine and Stone" adventure path in Heppenheim on the Bergstraße unites wine and art in a unique manner: the cultural history of wine is explained via works of art. There are some 70 (!) stops along the circular route (6.9 km), all dedicated to the theme of viticulture – possibly the most informative trail of its kind in Europe.

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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: Mittelrhein

Weinumschlagplatz Bacharach

This city honors the ancient God of Bacchus in its name. Bacharach took its name, so legend goes, from the Celtic word "Baccaracum" - meaning Baccarus' farm - or from the Latin word "Bacchiara" which stood for the altar of Bacchus.

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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

Gut Hermannsberg

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: Nahe

The Ruins of the Monastery of Disibodenberg

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: 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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Region: Württemberg

Pfedelbach

In this scenery, wine presses mark the wanderer's routes, quite literally: Between Öhringen and Pfedelbach, there were once eight wine presses situated along the road. Their names were such as Pfaffenkelter, the priest's press, Meisenkelter, the tit's press, or Wacholderkelter, the juniper's press - most of them have vanished today. Stones from the presses, however, still mark their spots – and a Wine Press Path reminds of the old locations.

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Region: Württemberg

Wine Estate Burg Hornberg

On these slopes, legendary Götz von Berlichingen once cultivated his wine: For 45 years, the famed yet notorious Frankonian chevalier with the iron hand lived on Burg Hornberg near Neckarzimmern. He became famous because of his fights during the Swabian Peasants War while the man with the cursing habit was made immortal by a play of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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