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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
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.

The latter is the oldest named vineyard site and the former is Germany's oldest wine estate owned by a charitable foundation. Wine from the Stein vineyard has been made by the Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist winery for centuries, and the two places remain closely connected today. One of the oldest wines in Germany that is still liquid is stored at the Bürgerspital estate – and it is a 1540 vintage Stein wine.

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