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The Saale-Unstrut wine region, view of Steinmeister in Naumburg

The Saale-Unstrut wine region: charming and beautiful

The Saale-Unstrut quality wine region is characterised by unspoilt countryside swathed in vineyards, steep terraces, centuries-old dry-stone walls and romantic vineyard huts. The beauty of the river valleys and the landscape of terraced vineyards evokes an enchanting mediterranean charm. With its pleasant climate, specific soil type and yield regulations, and the experienced hands of its winegrowers, the region produces distinctive wines of the highest quality.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types


Growers and cooperatives


Highlights from the wine region

It's not just the sekt that sparkles in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany's castle region. The Saale-Unstrut Wine Route, which is approximately 60 km long and is Germany's northern-most wine route, runs from Nebra through Bad Sulza and invites visitors to discover a wealth of high-quality wine destinations and wonderful countryside.

The Saale-Unstrut region is an insiders' tip for wine lovers, history enthusiasts and medieval architecture fans alike. Proud palaces and fairytale castles, enchanting towns and cities, picturesque countryside swathed in idyllic vineyards, steep terraces, centuries-old dry-stone walls and romantic winemaker's cottages make the charming Saale-Unstrut region the perfect place to enjoy fine wine.

A classic tour you will want to take again and again

For more than 1000 years, wine has had a very specific role here in Europe's northern-most wine-growing region. The sunshine in this region rivals that of Tuscany, with around 1,430 hours of sunshine a year helping to ripen the grapes. Sustainable cultivation, combined with the careful, quality-conscious techniques of the vineyards and cellars, produce high-quality wines known for their softly structured, fruity bouquet and crisp character.

An exceptional performance

The patchwork of steep terraces, dry-stone walls, winemaker's cottages and rows of vines make this 700 hectare wine-growing region particularly attractive and all in all, thirty grape varieties are grown here. With more than 40 wineries, the Freyburg wine cooperative, the state winery and the Rotkäppchen-Mumm sekt producers, there is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the wine along the Saale-Unstrut Wine Route.

Saale-Unstrut – a name that's as good as a promise

It is easy to spot the many delightful places serving wine by the bouquets and brooms hanging outside. It doesn't matter whether you want to discover the route on foot, by bicycle, by boat or by car. Anything is possible.

Four-star Berghotel zum Edelacker incorporating the Edelacker restaurant opened in 1996 and offers traditional hospitality combined with modern luxury. Staying in a fabulous location high above the wine town of Freyburg an der Unstrut, the hotel's guests enjoy excellent food, first-class service and undisturbed sleep – total relaxation for body and mind!
This cyclist-friendly hotel is not only a must for fans of cycle tours, it will also appeal to those who enjoys wine and the outdoors. Rooms are modern and welcoming (bath, WC, seating area, flat-screen TV). Seasonal fare and fresh wines are available in the restaurant or on the terrace. After a day's cycling, you can wind down in the hotel's friendly wine cellar.

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.

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