A vine wreath, or rebenkranz , hanging over the entrance to a winegrowing estate is a sign that the winegrower has opened a seasonal wine room, or strausswirtschaft . For four months of the year, he can sell his own wine by the glass. First introduced twelve centuries ago in the time of Charlemagne, this Rhineland-Palatinate tradition is as popular with locals as it is with tourists. In the Moselle area, favourite snacks to go with the wine include buffets and cheese boards as well as classic local fare such as Handkäs mit Musik (small marinated cheeses). Or you can enjoy spundekäs seasoned cream cheese in Rheinhessen or saumagen sausage in the Palatinate.