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Landmarks of wine culture

As its famous monasteries, deep cellars, old vineyard sites and countless stories testify, Germany's great tradition of winemaking started with the ancient Romans. Discover treasures such as the oldest wine in the world, Götz von Berlichingen's vineyard, the world's biggest wine barrel and many more highlights of wine culture.
Kessler in Esslingen: the oldest German sekt winery

Georg Christian von Kessler founded Germany's first sekt winery in Esslingen on the river Neckar on 1 July 1826 after learning how to make sparkling wine at the Veuve Cliquot estate in the Champagne region. In the first ten years, Kessler sold around half a million bottles.

Vineyard huts in Saale-Unstrut

Huts among the vines are the hallmark of the Saale-Unstrut wine region . No other region in Germany has so many huts, cottages or sometimes actual villas in its vineyards. Several hundred are dotted around the area and some are true gems of their respective architectural period.

Kupferberg visitor centre in Mainz: sparkling sekt

The production of sparkling wine has a long tradition in Mainz . Sixty cellars across seven underground levels belonging to the former Kupferberg sekt winery in the Kästrich area of Mainz form the deepest sparkling-wine cellar in the world. Artefacts dating back 2,000 years were unearthed during works in the Kupferberg cellars.

Rotkäppchen sekt winery: fairytale wine

Named after the red seal on its bottles, Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood) is one of Germany's most famous brands. Brothers Moritz and Julius Kloss with their friend Carl Foerster jointly founded Kloss & Foerster wine merchants in Freyburg an der Unstrut on 26 September 1856. The first corks popped on 17 June 1858.

Stone picture book rock carvings

In the rococo period, there was a craze for souvenir albums containing illustrations or written pieces on the subjects of wine or hunting. Probably the most unusual album was created on the outskirts of Naumburg, in the Blütengrund region near Grossjena. It consists of twelve life-size sandstone reliefs on a 200 metre long rock face.

Pfedelbach: royal barrel and Herrschaftskeller press

Wine presses are at every turn in this region: there were once eight between Öhringen and Pfedelbach. They had names such as the priest's press, the bird's press and the juniper press. Although most have vanished and their pressing stones are all that is left, a walking trail links their former locations.

Holy Spirit Viniculture Museum, Meersburg

The museum takes its name from the Holy Spirit wine press it houses. It was established in Meersburg's former Holy Spirit Hospital in 1961. There is documentary evidence that wine has been made in Meersburg since 1324. Nowadays, around 120 hectares are under vine and about a million bottles of wine are produced. The region lies up to 500 metres above sea level, but its mild climate influenced by the lake makes grape-growing possible.

Marienthal Abbey: wine in ancient ruins

This former Augustinian convent near Dernau was once the oldest abbey on the Ahr river. Marienthal Abbey was established in 1137 and the nuns certainly had a hard life. The convent's records speak of legal disputes and troubles with neighbouring communities, and the nearby river was prone to flooding.

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