Landmarks of Wine Culture

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Landmarks of wine culture

Region: Ahr

Mayschoß-Altenahr

The cradle of wine-growers' cooperatives lies in Mayschoss in the Ahr River Valley. It was here that 18  vintners made wine history when they founded the world's first wine-growers' cooperative on 20 December 1868.

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Region: Ahr

Weingut Kloster Marienthal

Marienthal, the oldest monastery in the Ahr River Valley, was founded in 1137 near Dernau. In its heyday, it was run by Augustinian nuns, whose life was anything but easy.

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Region: Baden

Schloss Heidelberg

They are legendary, and they draw flocks of tourists every year, even though there’s only one remaining specimen on display: the four great wine casks of Heidelberg castle.

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Region: Baden

Vineum Bodensee Meersburg

Since July 2016, the Vineum Bodensee – House for Wine, Culture and History in the historic Heilig-Geist-Spital of Meersburg - has enriched the cultural offering of the town. The 400-year old historic building, which has been elaborately and lovingly converted into a museum, now offers on 600 m2 on two floors an interactive and sensory tour of the cultural history of wine.

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Region: Baden

Vulkanfelsgarten Winklerberg

In Ihringen, vines grow on the sloping remains of a 15-million-old, extinct volcano in the district known as the Kaiserstuhl. Winklerberg hill has everything an old volcano can offer: two lava flows, as well as porous lava chunks (pumice) and agglomerates from eruptions.

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Region: Baden

Weinbauinsel Reichenau

Germany's southernmost vineyards are cultivated on Reichenau, an island in the Bodensee, or Lake Constance. Today, Reichenau is better known as the "vegetable island", but it wasn’t always like that. For centuries, viticulture was the economic basis of the island’s farmers.

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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: 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: Franken

Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg

These cellars have record proportions: they extend beneath the Würzburg Residence over an area of some 4,557 sq. meters (49,000 sq. feet). The monumental building above is one of the most exceptional of all baroque palaces in Europe, and particularly renowned for its cabinet of mirrors and magnificent, self-supporting staircase with ceiling frescoes by the Venetian artist Giovanni Tiepolo.

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Region: Franken

Weingut Bürgerspital und Würzburger Steinwein

One is Germany's oldest charitable foundation that owns a wine estate; the other is one of Germany's oldest vineyards bearing a site-specific name; and the two have been inextricably linked for centuries: the Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist estate and the Würzburger Stein vineyard.

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