Green harvesting is used to reduce the yields and to improve the quality of a wine. Removing the tiny, immature grapes while they are still green induces the vine to put all its energy into developing the remaining grapes.
One of the most famous Franken vineyards and the oldest documented vineyard site by name in Germany is the “Würzburg Stein”. Steinwein has long been a synonym for Franken wine. A 1540s Steinwein is today still stored in the cellar of the Bürgerspital winery in Würzburg. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German national poet, was a pronounced connoisseur of Steinwein. On 17 June 1806 he wrote to his wife Christiane: “Please send me some Würzburg wine, no other wine tastes as nice, and I am in a surly mood if I lack my usual favourite drink.” More information about the German wine region of Franken at: www.haus-des-frankenweins.deKategorie: English
Mainz, the state capital of Rheinland- Pfalz, is also the capital of Rheinhes- sen. Since 2008, it has been a proud member of an illustrious circle – the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. It is composed of nine towns from the major wine regions of the world. Besides Mainz these are Bordeaux, Florence, San Francisco, Christchurch, Bilbao, Mendoza, Porto and Cape Town. The organisation’s aim is to promote tourism and wine culture. The earth is a wine planet – and Germany and Rheinhessen are part of it. More information about the German wine region of Rheinhessen at: www.rheinhessenwein.deKategorie: English
The “Romantic Road” and the “Skywalk” run along the Saale-Unstrut Wine Route. Castles and palaces such as the Neuenburg and the Rudelsburg, important buildings like Naumburg Cathedral and mystical sites such as the place where the Sky Disk of Nebra was found tell of the cultural history of the country. Freyburg on the Unstrut is con- sidered the secret wine capital of the area. Every year on the second weekend in September, the largest wine festival of the region is held here. Exploring this wine-growing region and its wines, vineyards, wine taverns and seasonal vintners wine bars is a lot of fun as there is a well-developed network of cycle paths, walking tracks and waterways. The largest part of the region is located in the Saale-Unstrut-Triasland conservation area. More information about the German wine region of Saale-Unstrut at: www.natuerlich-saale-unstrut.deKategorie: English