8.2 C
New York
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Home Germany Saxony Wine Region -- German Wine and Vineyards

Saxony Wine Region — German Wine and Vineyards

<<– back to overview: German Wine and Vineyards

Saxony Wine Region -- German Wine and Regions
Saxony Wine Region — German Wine and Regions

Saxony Wine Region

Geographic location: Eastern Germany

Vineyards have been a feature of the Elbe Valley landscape in Saxony for more than 800 years. Although the region is better known for the world-renowned Semper Opera House and magnificent waterfront palaces in Dresden, telltale signs of its wine-growing tradition are evident in decorations on the famous Meissen porcelain.

Wines from Saxony have not yet broken into the mainstream market because of their status as specialities that are hard to come by (they account for just 0.2 per cent of all German wines).

The wine-growing region along the Elbe is one of the smallest in Germany and the most north-easterly in Europe: the chain of vineyards stretches 55 km from Pirna, via Dresden, Radebeul and Meissen, to the picture-postcard winery villages on the Elbe river near Diesbar-Seusslitz, seamlessly blending cultural and historical attractions and magnificent scenery.

The first documented reference to viticulture in Saxony dates back to 1161, but legend has it that Bishop Benno of Meissen planted the first vines near Burgberg hill in 1100.
The Elbe is the life blood of wine-growing in Saxony: its valley slopes protect the grapes that thrive there. The choicest locations – steep terraces that catch the sun but are not too dry – are taken up by the traminer, a variety of grape that fares particularly well in Saxony. Despite the relatively low yields, traminer grapes produce excellent wines with a rich bouquet of flavours and an aroma reminiscent of roses.
A particularly fussy variety, it is known by vintners as the king of white wines in Saxony and has been cultivated since the mid-18th century.

Gewürztraminers, the common name for the wines, go especially well with cheese and desserts. The oldest vine in Saxony is also a Traminer and dates back to 1880. It can be found in the grounds of the Hahnemann Centre in Meissen, an environmental project based in an old abbey ruins.

External Resources

Official Website Wine Assoc. Saxony: www.weinbauverband-sachsen.de

Popular Articles

Porsche in Leipzig, Germany

The architecture of the widely visible customer center (GMP: 51.405620,12.296760) in the form of a 32 m high gyro scope at the top associates...

Custer State Park, Black Hills Region, South Dakota, USA

Custer State Park Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 295 qkm (73,000 acres) of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife.Favorite outdoor activities...

German Bread Specialties

Bread is an essential part of the diet of Germans. Regional German Bread Specialties add to the anyway huge variety of common bread recipes. Germany...

Wittenberg, Germany — Travel Guide for the LutherStadt and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation

Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a town in Germany in the Bundesland Saxony-Anhalt, on the river Elbe. It draws its importance in...

Daylight Saving Time