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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Franconia wine region, Hofkeller in Würzburg

The Franconian wine region: tradition with a modern twist

Franconia – a very special fusion of medieval towns and villages, scenic beauty and an almost mediterranean climate with a centuries-old tradition of wine making and people who fully appreciate all that the region has to offer. Würzburg wines from Franconia were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's favourite tipple. At the same time, Franconia is the embodiment of a 21st century wine region with wines that win international awards and cutting-edge wine-making facilities.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types

Climate

Growers and cooperatives

Character

Highlights from the wine region

The long-distance cycle route through Franconia and Hesse offers high quality from start to finish, with exemplary signposting, outstanding scenery and lots of cyclist-oriented accommodation.

The river Main begins in two places and so does this tour: you can start either with the Red Main in the Franconian Switzerland region or follow the White Main through the Franconian Forest. The route then runs through the area known as ‘God’s Garden’ in the Upper Main Valley-Coburg region to Bamberg and its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Winding its way through the Steigerwald Forest and Hassberg hills to Schweinfurt, the river then enters Franconian wine country and the Liebliches Taubertal holiday region. The tour continues through Frankfurt and ends in Mainz, where the Main flows into the Rhine.

Terrain: mostly traffic-free on well-maintained, mainly asphalt paths through primarily flat countryside. This cycle route rates highly in all criteria and is extremely well suited to cycle tours with children.

Scenery: Fichtelgebirge mountains, Franconian Forest, Coburger Land region, Steigerwald Forest, Hassberg hills, Tauber valley and Spessart-Main region. Woodland and meadows alternate with vineyards as the dominating feature of the scenery on this meandering route to the lower reaches of the Main in Hessen.

You are personal guests of the winemaker at the Glocke winery and hotel in Rothenburg. Franconia's southernmost vineyards are just outside the historic town walls of the most beautiful medieval town in Germany. This is the home of deep-rooted traditions, such as steep vineyards, wooden barrel-making, historical grape varieties, wine taverns and traditional local fare. Stay in the heart of the old town in famous Plönlein square.
Opposites attract at the Zur Schwane Romantik Hotel and VDP-certified winery. The wine estate outside Volkach is ultramodern and was awarded the Bavarian prize for architecture in 2001, while the 600-year old Schwane hotel in the heart of Volkach is an ancient inn. Tradition and modernity combine to produce something remarkable. Welcome to the Schwane!
Winemaker Harald Wörner has converted his manor house into a winery, hotel, restaurant, fitness spa and art gallery while taking into account subterranean watercourses, the influences of the moon and the earth and the concept of feng shui. Wörners Cosmo wines are energetic wines with cosmobiological influences in harmony with the forces of nature. A qualified oenologist, he was voted Germany's best sekt producer in 2006.
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