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Top 10 intriguing things about Germany and its wines

Germany and its wines

  1.  How elders are treated is fascinating. Here’s the link to the story, in its entirety. No sense trying to reinvent this one.
    1. LISTVERSE: FAKE BUS STOPS; Noticing that seniors tended to stray toward public transportation as a way of returning home, the homes teamed up with local organizations to erect fake bus stops. Escapees are rounded up peacefully; when a staff member sees one of their patients waiting at the stop, they approach and let him know that the bus is going to be late. Then the patient is invited inside to wait more comfortably. Minutes later, the entire incident is forgotten.
  2. The scenery, where the Rhine meets the Moselle, is spectacular and worth sharing. The picture above is where the Rhein and the Mosel meet, in Koblenz.
  3. The 13 major wine regions (Anbaugebiete), as listed on Wikipedia: Ahr, Baden, Franconia, Hessische Bergstraße, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Palatinate, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Saxony, and Württemberg.
  4. While 11 of the regions are in the west, two of them are in the eastern part of Germany.
  5. I incorrectly thought that Gewürztraminer is a German grape variety, until just now.
    1. Don’t you also be fooled by the German name.
    2. It comes from the ancient Traminer wine grape variety, and takes its name from the village of Tramin. This town is located in South Tyrol, a German speaking province in northern Italy.
  6. Most of the wines coming from Germany are white wines… Due to its terroir. Even though most of us know this, it’s still fascinating.
  7. Wine has been produced in Germany since the Romans introduced it, approximately 2000 years ago.
    1. Those Romans really got around, and have left their aqueducts all over Europe. This is a picture I took of one in Portugal. Roman Aqueducts are also found in Croatia, Spain, France, Rome and Italy (of course), Germany and Portugal (as mentioned), Cyprus, Turkey, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Algeria, Greece, Jordan, and Romania.
  8. The rich tradition of winemaking at Johannisberg Palace goes back 1200 years.
    1. As of 1716, Schloss Johannisberg belonged to the prince abbot of Fulda, who had a grand, three-winged palace built in line with the taste of the times. [From their Website]
  9. For almost 600 years, every fall in the village of Bad Dürkheim, one of the world’s largest wine festivals happens. Over 150 different wines are available to taste. It’s called “Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt.”
  10. Germany’s 13 primary wine regions produce approximately 100-million cases a year of wine. there is a mistake in number 10.
    • Thanks for the edit, Clemens Gerke: Germany produces around 9 mill. hectolitres of wine a year = 900 mill. litres, so it would be 100 million cases. (I had written 1-million cases.)
    • Edits are always welcome, as updates continually happen with statistics.

One Response to “Top 10 intriguing things about Germany and its wines”

  1. Clemens Gerke says:

    Hi Jo,
    there is a mistake in number 10. Germany produces around 9 mill. hectolitres of wine a year = 900 mill. litres, so it would be 100 million cases.
    Best, Clemens

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