Landmarks of Wine Culture

Tourism

Rheinhessen

Niersteiner Glöck

A historic charter proves it: the vineyard site "Niersteiner Glöck" is the oldest vineyard site in all Germany that is called by its name without pause. In 742, the Carolingian ruler Karlmann – successor to Karl Martell and uncle of Charlemagne – gave a church property on the Rhine as a gift to the diocese of Würzburg. The gift was the parish of Saint Mary's Church in Nierstein, and it included a vineyard – the "Glöck".

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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. read more

Saale-Unstrut

Rotkäppchen's Champagne Cellars

This is where the sparkling wine with the red cap comes from: the Rotkäppchen Champagne, a true landmark of German viticultural history. On September 26th in 1856, the brothers Moritz and Julius Kloss together with their friend Carl Foerster founded the wine shop Kloss & Foerster in the city of Freyburg on the Unstrut river.

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Saale-Unstrut

A Picture Book made of Stone

Once, in the time of Rokoko, written or painted album pages that were devoted to wine or chase were the big fashion of the time. Right outside the city walls of Naumburg, in the valley of blossoms near the city part of Großjena, there can be found what is likely to be the most unusual album ever made. read more

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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Sachsen

Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth

Noblesse oblige – that has always been the motto on Castle Wackerbarth in Saxony. It stands for the way of life during the time of the castle's builder, field marshal and count palatine Christoph August von Wackerbarth.

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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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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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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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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. read more

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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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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